Medical examiners have failed to positively identify human remains found Friday in a field in Chariton County. County Coroner Larry Breshears told KMZU News on Monday that the death is still under investigation, and could be for up to six weeks. A preliminary autopsy was performed at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday, but Bresherars said the identity and the gender could not be confirmed.
A KMZU listener said Friday that the body may belong to Wanda “Jean” Boxley, 82, of Laclede, who has been missing since November. Information shared on social media also suggested the remains belonged to Boxley. Statements posted by family members indicated that Boxley’s car and body had been found by a hunter in rural Chariton County.
The postings on Facebook have not been confirmed by any law enforcement agency.
A Facebook page dedicated to the search for Boxley posted an additional statement Monday alluding to Friday’s discovery. “Thank you again for all you help to find my grandma! God bless you all! Have a wonderful day and please keep praying for all the missing persons in this world,” the post said.
Boxley was last seen at a gas station in the Brookfield area on Nov. 16.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chariton County Sheriff’s Office, Chariton County Coroner, and Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office are all involved in the investigation.
KMZU News will continue to follow this developing story and will bring you more information as it becomes available.