The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says the remains found on March 21 belonged to 20-year-old Keriaye M. Winfrey of Indianapolis.
The cause of Winfrey’s death remains under investigation by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, which has enlisted the help of a forensic anthropologist.
The sheriff’s office says the remains were found on a roadway less than a mile west of Interstates 57 and 64 and that they appeared to be significantly decomposed.
According to the sheriff’s office, evidence located in a field and wooded area west of the intersection of Davidson Avenue and Veterans Memorial Drive provided a lead to the possible identity of the remains.
DNA was secured, then forensically compared with DNA samples provided by a member of the deceased suspected family.
After the partial human body was found on March 21, a larger search of the area was conducted on March 29 and resulted in the recovery of additional evidence.
A missing person post reports Winfrey was last seen around 3 p.m. Jan. 9, 2022, in the area of the Family Life Church shelter in Mt. Vernon.
Anyone with information please contact Detective Captain Bobby Wallace at the Sheriff’s Office 618-244-8004 or Crimestoppers at 618-242-TIPS.