Grisly find ends search for woman

first_imgMISHICOT, Wis. – Investigators searching for a missing woman found burned human remains at a salvage yard owned by the family of a man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. Sheriff Jerry Pagel called off the search and said authorities were working Thursday to identify the pieces of bone and teeth. Relatives of the missing woman, freelance photographer Teresa Halbach, had found her sport utility vehicle at the salvage yard on Saturday. “It appears that an attempt was made to dispose of a body by an incendiary means. However, that attempt was not completely successful,” Pagel said. Pagel also said investigators found the key to Halbach’s SUV in the bedroom of Steven Avery, whose family owns the yard. Avery was freed from prison in 2003 after DNA evidence cleared him of a rape conviction. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Investigators found blood in Halbach’s vehicle and in some buildings on the Avery property, Pagel said. Halbach, 25, was last seen Oct. 31. She was on assignment for a magazine, taking pictures of cars for sale. One stop was at the Avery salvage yard near Mishicot, about 25 miles from Green Bay. Halbach’s relatives and friends spent days searching for her until Thursday, when the sheriff asked them to stop looking, said her brother Mike Halbach. last_img

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