Human stays present in rural Colorado this week have been recognized as these of Jonelle Matthews, who disappeared in 1984 when she was 12, the Greeley Police Department stated Thursday.
Teams in rural Weld County working on a pipeline discovered what seemed to be human remains on Tuesday, and authorities have recognized the remains as those of Jonelle, the police department stated in a statement.
No arrests have been made.
“It looks as if she has been there for a very long time,” Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych told the Greeley Tribune.
The area where the remains have been discovered is actually dotted with oil and gas wells, however in 1984, it might have been “acres and acres of scrub,” he informed the paper.
Jonelle disappeared from her house Dec. 20, 1984, after performing in a Christmas event. She was letter seen by a friend and the friend’s father once they dropped her off, NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver reported.
When her mother and father returned home an hour later, they discovered Jonelle’s shoes; however, not their daughter. The door was open, and the TV was on.
Jonelle’s mother and father held a memorial service 10 years after Jonelle went missing, based on KUSA.
“We have never said goodbye to her, and it is kind of putting a closure to it,” the missing girl’s mom, Gloria Matthews, informed KUSA in 1994 before that service.
“Because most probably, she is dead. Our hearts are ripped in wanting to put an end to it and yet keeping a hope.