LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - On Monday, Precinct 4 Constable David Stone confirmed that the human remains found in a wooded area in the Sand Hill community have been positively identified as those of Centralla Chimney, a 69-year-old woman who was reported missing on July 27, 2016.
The remains were found on Jan. 8.
Stone said no foul play is suspected, and the cause of Chimney's death is still unknown at this time.
According to Stone, the case was originally a Precinct 4 Constable's Office case, but the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office joined in later. The final autopsy results came back to the constable's office, he said.
Stone said it was an unfortunate end to the missing person case involving Chinney, but at least with the scientific results, the family can have a sense of closure in regard to the loss of a loved one.
Stone said his thoughts and prayers are with Chimney's family.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said dispatched received the call about the human remains found in the wooded area in the Sand Hill community off of State Highway 21 in the afternoon of Jan. 8. Once the bones were identified as human remains, investigators with the sheriff's office and the Precinct 4 Constable's Office started searching the area where the human remains were found.
Bridges said back January that several human bones were collected, along with women's clothing.
The sheriff said a land owner was checking out his property when he found the remains.
A previous East Texas News story said the remains were found less than three miles from Chimney's home. In addition, the dress found in the woods also matched the description of what Chimney was last seen wearing.
Chimney suffered from a mental illness and was known to frequently along Highway 21, the previous East Texas News story stated.