SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Authorities in Spartanburg County said skeletal remains found near Interstate 85 belong to a North Carolina woman missing for more than 20 years.
Coroner Rusty Clevenger told WBTV his office had identified the remains as those of 32-year-old Madelyn Cox Thomas.
The mother of two disappeared in 1990 from Gaston County. Authorities said she was likely stabbed to death and her body dumped near I-85.
Clevenger said a woman walking her dog near Interstate 85 found Thomas’ remains scattered in the grass in late August. The body was missing its head, feet and one hand and was hard to identify.
Authorities said the remains were stored for more than 20 years before DNA techniques advanced and they could be identified.
Officials said Thomas had two children who lived briefly with other family members after her disappearance before being put into foster care.
No arrests have been made. Gaston County Police are Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office instigating.