Aurora Shoemaker went for a walk more than a year ago and never returned home.
On Sunday evening, a group of teenage boys playing with air-soft guns found her skeletal remains in woods, surrounded by farm fields, close to her home north of Warsaw, said Sgt. Chad Hill, a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
Authorities confirmed Tuesday that the remains were those of 18-year-old Shoemaker, who had been missing since August 2012.
In a statement, Coroner Michael Wilson said the investigation into the cause of her death is ongoing.
Autopsy results are expected Friday.
“At this point in time, we have no reason to believe there was any foul play,” Hill said. “But obviously, at this point, we leave all avenues open.”
Shoemaker was last seen the afternoon of Aug. 16, 2012, near her home in Suburban Acres Mobile Home Park at 3699 N. County Road 175 E.
Three days later, her family called the sheriff’s department to report her missing, authorities said.
As the department looked into the case, investigators received numerous reports from people who believed they had seen Shoemaker in various places, but none of those leads panned out, Hill said.
The woods where her remains were found are about 500 yards northeast of the mobile home where she lived with her mother, he said.