Remains found in northeast Ohio identified as woman missing since 2012

Photo courtesy: Ohio Attorney General

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified human remains found by a deer hunter in northeast Ohio.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that the remains found Oct. 19 in New Russia Township are those of Minerva Tripp. She was last seen in Cleveland in August 2012. New Russia Township is about 36 miles (58 kilometers) west of Cleveland.

Tripp was 41 years old at the time of her disappearance.

Authorities say the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation used DNA to identify the remains. Investigators haven’t said how Tripp died or whether there are suspects in her disappearance and death.

A sheriff’s official says authorities don’t know whether Tripp’s remains have been in the township since 2012 or whether they were moved there from another location.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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