- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

VERNON, Conn. (AP) - Police have identified human remains found years ago in a wooded area using DNA.

Carol Shapiro was 43-years-old when she went missing on Aug. 31, 2007 from her apartment in Manchester, Conn., police said Monday.

Her skeletal remains were discovered by a Vernon resident in a wooded area on West Street near the intersection of South Street in March 2013.

At the time, forensics investigators extracted a DNA profile from the remains but found no match on state and national databases.

Authorities eventually learned of Shapiro’s case from Manchester police and collected DNA from family members to positively identify her.

They say the medical examiner’s office has been unable to determine a cause of death but they don’t believe foul play was a factor. They say Shapiro’s family has requested privacy.


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