Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Autopsy of body found near where Kayleah Wilson was last seen complete; ID to come soon
By Howard Pankratz and Monte Whaley
The Denver Post / Posted: 05/19/2010

Weld County medical investigators have completed the autopsy of a badly decomposed body found in an irrigation ditch this morning near where Kayleah Wilson was last seen on March 28.

Chief deputy coroner Mark Ward said his office is working with local experts using fingerprint, DNA and dental analysis to made a final determination on the identity of the body found by a ditch rider at about 6 a.m.

He hopes to make an identification soon.

"People are waiting," Ward said. "They are holding their collective breath over the identification of this body."

Greeley Police Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said investigators also are looking at evidence collected today in and near a ditch south of Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

"At this point, its a matter of putting together information we got from the body," Tymkowych said.

He said it is unlikely that identification will come tonight.

The body was found about a mile west of the Greeley Mall, where 12-year-old Kayleah was last seen as she walked from her home to a friend's birthday party a few blocks away.

About 10 a.m., the body was removed from the ditch and taken to McKee Medical Center for identification.

This afternoon, Kayleah's mother, April Wilson returned to her home evidently distraught. Her grandmother, Brenda Jamison, said the family had been contacted by the Weld County Coroner, but would not say whether they had been told the body was Kayleah.


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