Updated 2 months ago
Investigators in Whitley County have identified the remains found in a Corbin self storage unit last week.
The coroner says investigators used the National Missing and Unidentified Person System, known as NamUS, to match dental records and identify the remains. Officials say the woman was Doris Anne Wood.
Wood went missing in Newark, Delaware, in 1997. Her late husband, Robert Wood, rented that storage unit.
A man going through contents of the storage unit he bought at an auction, after Wood passed away, found bones inside three small grocery bags at Pier Rental Storage in Corbin last Thursday.
According to missing persons databases, Doris Anne Wood was on her way to visit her sister in the summer of 1997, but never arrived at the meeting point. She was never seen again.
Police spent several hours Monday searching a home on South Kentucky Avenue in Corbin, where Robert Wood once lived, hoping to find the rest of the woman's remains.
A woman who lived near the couple in Delaware told Delaware Online folks in the neighborhood never doubted Wood killed his wife.
"The neighborhood all thought it was odd that she disappeared, or went away, without taking her daughter with her, because up to that point, she and her daughter were together everyday, walking the neighborhood and all around the city of Newark," said neighbor Shiley Glines. "And at the time, we all felt as though, he probably did something. We couldn't understand why the police couldn't find anything. They never did. They tried hard, too."
Officials say a cause and manner of death remain under investigation.
The person who called 911 last week told dispatchers the storage unit was sold after the owner had reportedly died. Robert Wood moved to Alabama in the late 2000s, and his obituary was published in the Corbin Times-Tribune newspaper in May 2013.