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Police ID skeletal remains found in 2010

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Teresa Ware (Courtesy: Perry County Times) Teresa Ware (Courtesy: Perry County Times)
Teresa Ware (Courtesy: Perry County Times) Teresa Ware (Courtesy: Perry County Times)

Human remains found along Route 22/322 in Perry County more than two years ago have been identified as those of a missing woman from Mississippi.

Trooper Donald Chewning said Monday that DNA samples from the remains were a match for 38-year-old Teresa Mae Ware, of Hinds County, Miss.

Ware went missing in April 2010 and was last known to be in the company of a commercial truck driver from Pennsylvania, Chewning said.

Police did not identify the truck driver, nor did they announce any charges in the investigation.

The skeletal remains had been wrapped in a carpet when they were found September 9, 2010 in a wooded area next to vehicle pull-off along the westbound lanes of 22/322, about two miles east of the Newport exit in Howe Township.

An autopsy was conducted and the death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators believed the woman was between 4'11" and 5'4" tall and between 30-40 years old, but had been unable to find identify her through dental records or from DNA databases.

In April 2012, FBI detectives, state police, and Perry County coroner Mike Shalonis worked together to construct a head and face of molded clay so that someone perhaps would recognize her.

Chewning said state police in Newport last week were informed by The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification that DNA samples submitted from the remains matched those of Ware.

He said plans are being made to reunite Ware with her family members, who assisted in the identification.

The homicide investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information may call Chewning at the state police Newport barracks at 717-567-3110.

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