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Archive for Sunday, July 23, 2006

Human remains could resolve mystery of missing woman

July 23, 2006

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— Olathe police were investigating whether human remains found Friday in a wooded area in Miami County were those of a woman who has been missing for two months.

Divers with the Overland Park Police Department also retrieved related evidence Friday evening from Frisco Lake, which is less than one mile from the woman's Olathe apartment.

Alieghya Clark, 21, disappeared May 28, and Olathe police officials have said for weeks they were missing key pieces in the case.

"This is the break we've been waiting for," said Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison.

Olathe police spokesman Sgt. Mike Butaud said Friday night that it was too early to know if the discovery would solve the Clark mystery. Significant work has to be done, he said, before investigators know the identity, or even gender, of the remains. That could take days.

"They (the remains) appear to have been out in the elements for a period of time," Butaud said.

Authorities have searched locations in Miami County before looking for clues about Clark. In mid-June, divers searched a county river after two fishermen said they reeled in "human hair" on their hooks. A two-day search by divers came up empty.

Friday's discovery came after Olathe police received information from a source about 11 a.m. that day, indicating there were remains on the Miami County land, Butaud said. That same source led investigators later in the day to Frisco Lake, where the source revealed that possible evidence related to the remains was dumped.

Butaud wouldn't say whether detectives received those tips while working on Clark's disappearance.

Miami County Atty. David Miller said he did not expect any charges related to the discovery of the remains to be filed immediately, but that he was working closely with law enforcement.

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