Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mary Lee Grobe Remains Found

Human remains found in woods

Family looking for answers in elderly woman's 2003 death By Corinne Lestch ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Skeletal remains preliminarily identified as missing woman

Remains Discovered of Woman Missing More Than Five Years
By Chris Regnier

Suspected human remains found
Local and federal authorities will begin searching an area east of Poplar Bluff today after suspected human remains were found near the home of an elderly woman who has been missing for more than five years.
“We’ve located what is possibly human remains within close proximity of Mary Grobe’s residence,” explained Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs.
Mary Lee Grobe, 74, was last seen at about 6 p.m. Sept. 27, 2003, at her residence at 1557 Highway B by her granddaughter, Amy Bridgewater.
Two days later, concerned family members entered Grobe’s residence and found her and her dog, “BB,” missing. Her purse and medication were still inside; however, an overnight bag and some winter clothing also were missing.
Since her disappearance, Grobe’s dog returned home in good condition a few days later and authorities have conducted extensive searches and followed up numerous leads with no success.
The possible remains, Dobbs said, were found at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on private property.
Dobbs said he has requested the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and it’s local Division of Drug and Crime Control, the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the FBI’s evidence response team to help in the search.
“We’re waiting for the experts in the field of human remains to show up; that’s why we’ve asked the FBI to assist us,” explained Dobbs.
At this time, Dobbs said, he does not know how long the search is going to take.
“Today basically is going to be a methodical approach with regard to processing the scene,” said Dobbs, who doesn’t know the size of the area to be searched at this time.


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