BLOOMSDALE, Mo. – For more than two years, Lynn Messer’s family has wondered where she went and what happened to her. Now, they finally have some answers.
Sheriff Gary Stolzer says the skeletal remains found on the Messer family farm have been positively identified as those of Lynn Messer.
The identification was done by an anthropologist with the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office.
The news was confirmed by Lynn’s husband, Kerry Messer, on the ‘Find Lynn Messer’ Facebook page early Friday evening.
“Lynn’s dental records are a match and the authorities have confirmed to me that the remains found Tuesday evening are absolutely those of my Bride,” he wrote.
Authorities have searched for clues of Lynn’s whereabouts since she disappeared on the morning of July 8, 2014.
Her remains were found by her son, Aarron Messer, and his two teenage daughters in a wooded area near the edge of the family’s property on Tuesday night.
They called the sheriff’s department, who secured the area before an FBI forensic team could process the scene on Wednesday morning.
The family was informed of the positive identification Friday afternoon.
“Once again I ask for prayers for our family – Lynn’s mother and sisters along with their families, and our sons along with their families,” Kerry wrote.
A cause of death has not yet been determined, and there is still no word on whether investigators suspect foul play.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.