Colorado Police Say Remains Found of Girl Missing Since 1984

27 Juillet, 2019, 00:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"My last memory of her was I was walking home from a friend's house after school and she was walking home and we met up".

The remains of Jonelle Matthews - who was 12 years old when she disappeared in December 1984 - were identified by police just days after construction workers found them while excavating for a pipeline, authorities said.

After the concert, Jonelle's friend and her friend's father dropped her off around 8pm at the snow-covered ranch-style home where she lived with her father, Jim, mother, Gloria, and sister, Jennifer.

Jim Matthews had always been a suspect in her disappearance, but Tymkowych declined to comment on whether he remains a suspect or not. Last June we opened the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which runs a toll-free hotline and gives other aid as well.

Reagan specifically referenced Jonelle during his March 7, 1985 address asking newspaper editors to regularly published photos and articles about missing children so police could better solicit leads on their whereabouts.

Months later, then-President Ronald Reagan, whose administration worked on missing children, said the young girl "would have celebrated a happy 13th birthday with her family just last month". 'But five days before Christmas, Jonelle disappeared from her home.

After an examination, the remains were identified as those of Jonelle Matthews, who went missing from the Greeley area on December 20, 1984, according to Greeley police.

At the time, police released a video of Jonelle and classmates at the Franklin Middle School holiday concert in a plea for more information. Based on this renewed investigation, authorities said they believe people in the community may have information that they had not yet shared with police.

Greeley native Evan Sitchler, 47, said Thursday almost all of the air left his lungs when he heard the news police had recovered the remains of Jonelle Matthews. He also declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Jonelle's sister, Jennifer Mogensen, remembered Jonelle as "a strong, independent, opinionated 12-year-old".

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'She knew what she wanted and how things should be done, ' Mogensen told The Associated Press Thursday.

A victims advocate in the USA posts a flyer of a missing persons poster for Jonelle Matthews in December 2018.

Jonelle was missing when their father arrived home about 8.30pm, Mogensen said.

'I'm grateful for this closure after 34 years, ' she said. "It does bring up some old wounds and some more questions, maybe, of what happened". But we've received so much love and support already'.

"We're grateful for the closure, but other questions have now been raised", Mogensen, who now lives in Washington State, told the outlet, adding that the three of them will soon return to Colorado and will likely hold a memorial service in Greeley although the family no longer lives there.

"They're able to work with smaller and smaller pieces of DNA", she said.

"This case has weighed on the hearts of the Greeley Police Department, the family and the entire city", the police statement said.

On Tuesday, oilfield workers digging a pipeline informed law enforcement that they had discovered human remains.

Greeley police plans to release additional, albeit limited, information about the case later today.

Oilfield workers discovered bones in rural Weld County northwest of CR 34.5 and CR 49.

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