November 24, 2014

Skeletal remains identified as missing Standish woman

Name being withheld at this time

9/16/13

STANDISH — Human bones discovered in the woods behind the Standish Family Fare Sept. 9 have been identified as a Standish woman.

“This woman had been missing for approximately two years,” said Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre. “The identification was made through dental records.”

Forensic dentist Dr. William Lichon made the identification, McIntyre said, after a human skull discovered by children walking in the woods was turned over to the sheriff’s department Sept. 8.

The rest of the skeletal remains were discovered by a search party organized by the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department, which was assisted by the Au Gres City Police, the Standish City Police, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan State Police.

Sheriff James Mosciski said the woman’s death is currently being ruled as a suicide.

“It looks that way with the evidence that we found,” he said, adding pill bottles and other medication containers were found near the remains.

Mosciski said the woman went missing voluntarily, and there is no evidence of foul play.

“She wasn’t abducted or anything. She was on her own,” he said.

Family members of the missing woman have been contacted, Mosciski said. At the request of family members, the woman’s identity is currently being withheld.

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