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UPDATE: Kosciusko Coroner identifies human remains

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The Kosciusko County Coroner has identified the human skeletal remains found just north of Warsaw over the weekend. Investigators say the remains belong to 18-year-old Aurora Shoemaker who was missing for over a year. 

Shoemaker lived in a nearby trailer park and now neighbors say they are a little uneasy.

"When we had heard the news, it really hit home that that could even happen close to your home," says Lisa Spaulding, a resident at Suburban Acres Mobile Park.

"We were wondering what happened to her," says Elaine Warren, a neighbor of Shoemaker before her disappearance.

They say Shoemaker's family no longer lives in the park, but many remember the teen. "I'd be sitting outside and we'd talk. She was friendly, real open and friendly," says Rosemary Muniz.

"I was just a neighbor who worried about her," says Warren.

Even those who didn't know her well say the recent discovery has them nervous. "Her disappearance makes me kind of scared to take a walk anywhere. It's hitting close to home, I never thought anything like that would happen, I've lived here for 31 years and nothing like that's ever happened," says Solomon Muniz.

And Kosciusko County Sergeant Chad Hill says he's not surprised people are concerned, things like this don't happen often in this rural area. "Every month we probably have missing person's that come up, but are then located, so this is the only outstanding missing person case. I'm a parent and I know a lot of parents here are probably concerned."

He says closing the case is bittersweet. "There's some type of resolve, but also tremendous sadness obviously."

And at the mobile park, folks say they will be uneasy until they find out what actually happened. "It's scary, especially being that close," says Warren.

The Sheriff's Department says the investigation will continue this week and they expect to have information about the autopsy by Friday. Right now they're not speculating whether foul play was involved.

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