- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on the finding of human remains suspected of being those of a teenage woman missing since 2015 (all times local):

7 p.m.

A crime lab has identified skeletal human remains found in a Little Rock park as those of a teenage woman who had been missing since 2015.

The Arkansas State Crime Lab reported the remains found Tuesday morning in a drainage pipe at Chalamont Park were those of 18-year-old Ebby Steppach.

Little rock police Officer Steve Moore had said the fine results not from a tip but from “gut instinct.”

The woman’s car was found at the park on Little Rock’s west side days after she went missing on Oct. 24, 2015.

There was no statement on what caused her death.

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11:30 a.m.

Police have discovered human remains at a Little Rock park while investigating the 2015 disappearance of a teenager who was last seen in the area.

Little Rock Police spokesman Officer Steve Moore says cold case investigators had been following up Tuesday on Ebby Steppach’s disappearance when they found the skeletal remains in an underground drainage pipe at Chalamont Park. The pipe opens near where police found Steppach’s car days after she was reported missing in October 2015 when she was 18.

Moore says authorities last searched the park in November 2016, but were following up using “gut instinct.”

The state Crime Lab will examine the remains before police officially confirm the identity.

Moore says police have notified Steppach’s family about the discovery. A family representative says they’re waiting for identity confirmation before speaking on the matter.


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