Police: Remains identified as woman missing since 2009

Published: Sep. 17, 2018 at 8:59 PM EDT
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The remains of a woman who has been missing since 2009 have been identified.

Middlesboro Police said remains of Katherine Heck who went missing on February 1, 2009, from her home on KY 441 in Middlesboro have been positively identified.

Police said Heck walked away from her home. They said clothing items belonging to her were found near a railroad on South 43rd Street.

Despite several searches of the area, her body was not found.

Officers said hunters found Heck's partial remains in Tennessee near the head of Fern Lake in September 2014. However, due to the condition of Heck's remains the crime lab in Knoxville was not able to make a DNA comparison. Her remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification and the Middlesboro Police Department received the positive identification last week.

Police said foul play is not suspected and they also consulted with the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office who agreed with that information.