Authorities: Remains of woman missing since 2014 in Crawford County

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. — Authorities believe the discovery of human skeletal remains in rural Crawford County could be linked to a woman who has been missing for over eight years.

The remains were found Wednesday near Mound Ridge Road in Meramec Springs Park in Cook Station, nearly two hours southwest of St. Louis.

Crawford County lawmakers have spent the past few days searching the area for evidence. After recovering several items, the sheriff’s office says the findings “are consistent with an open-ended Crawford County missing persons case involving Amanda Caudill.”

Caudill was reported missing on December 15, 2014, along with a .270 rifle, a camouflage overcoat, muck boots and her cell phone. The sheriff’s office said it found a gun, a phone and several items of clothing “matching her case” in a very remote area. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said it also seized a driver’s license from Caudill.

The sheriff’s office has turned over the remains to the Crawford County Coroner for identification purposes. Despite the new evidence linked to Caudill, the sheriff’s office says, “It may be several months before the identity is confirmed.”

“The sheriff’s office has been in contact with members of the Caudill family and updated them on the preliminary findings. The investigation is ongoing and as more information becomes available, it will be made public,” the agency said in a Facebook post Friday.

The remains were found after the hunter found some suspicious clothing on a private property on Tuesday night. Crawford County investigators obtained a search warrant and found skeletal remains along with the clothing the next day.

Authorities said four people have been reported missing from the Crawford County area. Authorities: Remains of woman missing since 2014 in Crawford County

Sarah Y. Kim

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