- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

JOINER, Ark. (AP) - Relatives of a Missouri woman who has been missing for three months say a farmer has found human remains in a muddy Arkansas field next to a purse containing the woman’s identification.

Mississippi County, Arkansas, Sheriff Dale Cook said his office was contacted Monday morning about the remains. They were found near Joiner, Arkansas, about 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) from where 36-year-old Michele Bell lived in Caruthersville, Missouri, the Southeast Missourian reports.

Bell’s aunt Lisa Chandler, said the discovery was made “a couple of miles” from where Bell was last seen with her vehicle on Dec. 9. Chandler said a purse containing Bell’s ID was found nearby.

Mississippi County, Arkansas, Coroner Mike Godsey said the lab in Little Rock, Arkansas, would have to conduct testing to positively identify the remains as Bell’s.

Caruthersville police chief Tony Jones said her family had reported Dec. 8 that she may have been experiencing a mental episode. She later was spotted stopped along an Interstate 55 overpass but told an officer she was fine.

She was gone when family found her vehicle, and searches of the area didn’t turn up anything.

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