today, sources indicated that the remains found Sunday in the Little Blue River
were those of Shipp, the
fishermen found what authorities described as a human skull along the riverbank
less than a mile from a park shelter near
Initial reports indicated that the skull came from either a small adult or child. A flier listing information about Shipp after she disappeared described her as 5 feet tall, weighing 105 pounds.
Authorities were at the site again today and recovered more items, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Late this afternoon, a family friend said some of Shipp’s relatives were told that the remains might be Shipp’s.
Police arrested a man who lived there for outstanding warrants. Investigators searched the house, impounded his vehicle, and gathered evidence for testing, but he was later released.
Months later, that man’s mother acknowledged that he was a prime suspect in Shipp’s disappearance and asked police to search her backyard. Investigators used cadaver dogs and metal prods to search the property for roughly two hours. They found nothing.
was widely known because she once owned a
strawberry-blond hair and smiling face has been seen on fliers, posters, Web
sites even television shows that spread word of her disappearance. Police and
volunteers have searched
effort in February 2005 gained attention because searchers found a Sutherland’s
store discount card while searching in northern
Her disappearance has been highlighted on area billboards, and several national television shows.