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Published On: Tue, Dec 16th, 2014

Susan Hamric identified as body found in Missouri field a month ago

Authorities in Carter County Missouri identified the partially decomposed body found nearly a month ago as a woman who lived in the area.

Carter County Coroner Erik McSpadden said late Monday that the woman has been identified as Susan Hamric, 64. Hamric’s body was discovered by a hunter on Nov. 23 in the rural area and police say that the woman lived close to the area where her body was found.

CSI_L_703_toe_tags_10.05.06_01“It was short distance through the woods … less than a mile,” Carter County Sheriff Rick Stephens said.

The body had been found in what Stephens earlier described as a “relatively isolated” and heavily wooded area.

“It took us a while to identify her; she has not always lived in Carter County,” McSpadden said. “We had to run down her dental records.

” … We were able to do [an I.D.] with some certainty, without doing DNA, based on medical and dental records.”

While authorities now have an identity on the body, they still did not address her cause of death. The cause of death is “still up in the air,” McSpadden said.

An autopsy performed by Dr. Russell Deidiker at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Missouri, found “no outward signs of trauma or foul play,” Stephens said earlier.

Based on decomposition, it was earlier estimated the body had been in the woods for “anywhere from two to eight weeks,” but officers could not be sure on the time, Stephens said.

Samples were taken from toxicology analysis, and those results are pending.

“That will help us, hopefully, to have an answer whether we’re dealing with something natural, environment[al] or criminal,” Stephens said.

Since the manner of death has not been determined, “like everything else, until we know otherwise, we’ll investigate the worst-case scenario,” Stephens said.

“We still have our investigator and the [Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Criminal Control] investigators following up on multiple leads coming in from the public.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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