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Police confirm remains belong to missing southern Utah woman

ST. GEORGE — Utah’s Office of the Medical Examiner has identified the remains found near Duck Creek in Kane County as those of Courtney Lynne Townsend, who was last seen six months ago.

Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover confirmed to St. George News on Wednesday that identification was made possible from both evidence collected at the scene and medical records.

“Through dental records, they were able to positively identify the remains as those of Courtney Townsend,” Glover said. “The case remains under investigation by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Office of the Medical Examiner and St. George police, as we continue to search for additional remains for forensic analysis.”

Due to the open investigation, more information about the recent evidence found at the campground site could not be provided.

St. George Police Department shared the missing person report in December 2023, stating Townsend’s mother had reported a stolen car.

Three days after the vehicle was reported as stolen, Kane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a burned-out car found near the water tower by one of the campgrounds near Duck Creek on Nov. 19, 2023.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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