Human remains found in June identified as GF woman missing since 1984

Human remains found in June identified as GF woman missing since 1984 Click to Enlarge

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the human remains found in June on the east bank of the Red River, have been identified as those of a Grand Forks woman missing since 1984.

Officials say DNA tests have confirmed that the remains are those of Shirley Ann Whetter, who was last seen near the East Grand Forks Eagles Club in April of 1984.

Authorities say, at the time, officers located footprints going into the river with no return footprints, but a search of the river turned up nothing.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says, during the investigation, it received numerous calls from people who had missing relatives. With the assistance of the Minnesota BCA and the UND medical examiner’s office, the remains were identified, after DNA from Whetter’s family members was compared to DNA from the remains.

Shirley Ann Whetter was 48 at the time of her disappearance. Her remains were found on June 10 on the east bank of the Red River in Higdem Township, south of Oslo.

Officials say no foul play is suspected.

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