Low Lake Levels Bring Closure to Missing Persons Cases

Sheriff Butch Anderson announced the closure of a second missing persons case this morning when he revealed the identity of the driver of the Ford F150 pickup discovered three weeks ago in Lake Greystone. The victim, still buckled in, has been positively identified as ETU 20-year-old student Lashay White. White was reported missing by her parents in May, 2007. No foul play is suspected.

The truck’s discovery marks the sixth vehicle recovered as a result of record low lake levels, although only three contained human remains.

The first, a 1990 Toyota Camry, was found on July 4th during the Independence Cast-Off fishing contest. The body found inside was recently identified as that of 58-year-old Juan Ramirez. His wife, Becky Ramirez, was arrested and arraigned shortly thereafter. Investigators have not revealed a motive for the murder and the case has not yet gone to trial.

Investigators are still stumped as to the identities of individuals found in a 1977 Buick, discovered in early August as the rapidly lowering lake revealed a portion of the front bumper. Two badly decomposed bodies in the front may never be identified, but Sheriff Anderson holds hope that the identify of a third body, found remarkably well preserved in the car’s trunk, may hold the key to breaking the case.

If anyone has information about the identity of the human remains, please contact the Sheriff’s Department. Golan County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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