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Remains found in abandoned home identified

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

Vandalia Chief of Police Christopher Hammann and Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller speak during a recent press conference where they announced that the remains found in an abandoned home in Vandalia had been identified as the missing Vandalia woman, Jennifer Middleton.


Law enforcement officials confirmed at a press conference in Vandalia this afternoon that the decomposed body found at an abandoned home on Limit St. in Vandalia is Jennifer Middleton, listed as age 38, of Vandalia.
“We have identified the remains as Jennifer Middleton, the person that was reported missing,” Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann said at the beginning of the press conference. “We were able to confirm that through dental records.”
Chief Hammann said on Monday, May 8, a family member of the deceased provided a DNA sample. That sample was later matched up with records made available through Middleton’s past prison time serving in the Department of Corrections (WERDCC). Chief Hammann said her records were “fast-tracked” to law enforcement officials and within an hour of receiving them, officials were able to identify the human remains.

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