Remains found in waterway identified as missing woman

Missing Woman Identified
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Police said remains found in a small waterway south of Kennett belong to a once-missing woman.

The remains are that of Deana R. Davison, according to the Kennett Police Department in a news release on their Facebook page.

Davison was reported missing from Kennett on February 12, 2015.

According to previous reports, Davison was last seen at a motel in Kennett on Jan. 26, 2015.

Kennett police said then the department was investigating Davison's disappearance as "suspicious" and they believed foul play was involved.

Samples of the remains were sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for identification.

When the MSHP lab was unable to obtain DNA for identification, the remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification in Fort Worth, TX.

The university lab was able to extract DNA and sent it back to MSHP leading to the positive identification.

Now, police are searching for the person or persons responsible in this murder investigation.

"We're going to keep on working, we're not going to stop," said Captain Tim Trowbridge with the Kennett Police Department. "We're going to be diligent in our investigation. We hope that one day we will be able to come to a close and find the individual who caused this crime."

Though the DNA confirmed Davison's identification, many in the community are still on edge.

"It's a skittish feeling knowing that they found a body not too far from where you live," said Phyllis Blankenship, a resident that lives near the waterway where the body parts were found. "I don't know how anybody else would feel about it but to me it was a funny feeling. It was a scary feeling."

Trowbridge said the department's thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost not only a mother, but a daughter as well.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

KPD asks anyone with information about the incident to contact them or MSHP.

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