DENVER -- Remains of a Denver woman who went missing nearly three years ago were found this week, according to police and the victim's family.
Amy Ahonen, 38, was last seen on July 8, 2011. On Thursday, a message posted Thursday to the "Find Amy Ahonen" Facebook page stated that her remains had been found.
"Today is a sad day, as we are relieved to finally have some closure regarding Amy, however it is hard news to bear," the message reads. "We thought it only fair to share the news with all of you, friends and family both, that have shared in this heartbreaking journey these last few years."
A Jefferson County Coroner’s investigator tells us on Nov. 27, 2013, someone walking the trail along Clear Creek in Wheat Ridge found a bone and turned it over to police.
That Jeffco investigator says someone earlier in Adams County also found a bone and turned it in.
Both departments did DNA testing and the results proved the remains are Ahonen’s.
On Friday, Sherronda Appleberry, chief deputy coroner at Adams and Broomfield Counties, confirmed that a human skull fragment found at I-76 and Sheridan Boulevard in June 2013 were Ahonen's.
Appleberry said a DNA analysis linked the remains to Ahonen.
She added that human remains found in the fall of 2013 in Jefferson County are also Ahonen's.
Ahonen's unlocked Jeep was found abandoned on U.S. Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon on July 10, 2011. Her purse, wallet and car keys were still inside.
Investigators originally thought Ahonen may have fallen into the raging river, but a search turned up nothing.
Family members also asked investigators to find the man who responded to a roommate ad the victim placed on Craigslist.
Amy’s sister Andrea Ahonen thought he was so “creepy” that she immediately took the ad down, family said. Andrea said police searched Amy’s computer but found nothing.
Clear Creek flows all the way from where Amy’s Jeep was found—through Wheat Ridge—into Adams County.
Big questions remain: how did this happen and why?
The bone fragments were sent to the University of Northern Texas, which recently made the DNA match.
The case has not been classified as a homicide.