Human remains may be those of missing woman

Wanda "Jean" Boxley, 82, of Laclede, Mo. has been missing since mid-November.

A northern Missouri "missing person" case may be solved with Friday's discovery of human remains in a field.

Chariton County Coroner Larry Breshears told KTVO unidentified human remains were found Friday morning in rural Chariton County.

He arrived at the scene just before 11 a.m.

He said the death is under investigation, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Columbia to help investigators make a positive ID.

Breshears would not elaborate further.

The family of Wanda "Jean" Boxley, 82, of Laclede, who has been missing since mid-November, told KTVO Friday afternoon that a hunter found Boxley's car Friday morning far back in a field southeast of Marceline.

Family members say a hunter discovered the car.

It was stuck in the mud in the field.

The vehicle had caught on fire and was completely charred.

The family says a body, presumably that of Boxley, was found about 60 yards away from the car.

The hunter had not noticed the body. He had taken the car's license number into town, stopped at a convenience store and saw Boxley's "Missing" poster and then called the sheriff's office.