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Skeletal remains found as Sheriff's Office investigates mysterious disappearance of Osteen woman
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 30, 2013 - 10:39:12am
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 — The search for missing woman Shirley Umbarger led to a sad find May 1. Deputies recovered skeletal remains in a wooded area just about 100 yards behind Umbarger's home in Osteen. Deputies also recovered clothing the Sheriff's Office described as consistent with what Umbarger commonly wore.
A positive identification of the remains wasn't possible May 1. That will be coming.
The medical examiner will examine the remains and collect what information is available. How long the identification process takes will be determined by the examination, Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Haught said.
Sometimes an identification is made through dental records.
The cause of death was not determined. Sheriff's Office investigators said they believe it could be something as simple as a heart attack.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — An 81-year-old Osteen woman has been gone from her home for up to two weeks, and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has begun a search for her.
Neighbors started noticing that newspapers were piling up at the home of Shirley Umbarger. A neighbor went to check on her, the Sheriff's Office reported April 30, and found a sliding glass door open. Inside, a radio was playing at her home on Gee Whiz Lane.
"Deputies noted that there were no signs of forced entry or foul play," Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Haught reported.
Umbarger rode home from shopping with one of her neighbors about two weeks ago, and that's the last time anyone remembers seeing her. Umbarger doesn't have a car or cellphone, Haught said.
There was no trace of Umbarger at local hospitals, and local business owners had not seen her. The Sheriff's Office has been unable to contact family members.
Umbarger is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and blond hair.
Anyone who has seen her or has knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-736-5999.
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