Remains found in NE Ohio identified as those of missing woman

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Cheryl Wilson (Courtesy: Ohio Attorney General's Office)

Cheryl Wilson (Courtesy: Ohio Attorney General’s Office)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officials say the skeletal remains found more than six years ago in northeast Ohio have been positively identified as those of a missing Toledo woman.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says Cheryl Wilson was 46 when she was last seen in Toledo in September 2007. The remains were found just off a road in Holmes County in September 2008.

The agency said Thursday that DNA was used to make the identification through a state program called Linking Individuals Not Known, or LINK.

Authorities submitted DNA from the remains to the state for inclusion in the program in 2008. Last December, several of Wilson’s family members submitted their DNA for testing, which led to the match.

The cause of Wilson’s death couldn’t be determined, but authorities are investigating.