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By Joe Crews
posted Sep 18, 2013 - 10:51:03am
More than four months after skeletal remains were found behind a missing woman's Osteen home, those remains have been positively identified as the homeowner's, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported.
Deputies searching for 81-year-old Shirley Umbarger found the remains May 1 in a wooded area behind the house on Gee Whiz Lane, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
"While the remains were believed to be that of Umbarger, a positive identification wasn't possible at the time due to their condition," Davidson said Sept. 12. "The remains have now been positively identified as Umbarger's."
DNA from the remains was matched with DNA from one of her siblings, Davidson said. While the cause of death hasn't been determined, he added, foul play is not suspected.
Deputies began looking for Umbarger in late April after neighbors noticed newspapers piling up at the entrance to her home. When a neighbor went to check on her, the neighbor found a sliding glass door open and a radio playing inside. Deputies reported there were no signs of forced entry or foul play.
Neighbors said then that the last time they had seen Umbarger was about two weeks earlier, when one of them gave her a ride home from a store, the Sheriff's Office said.
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