Kosciusko Co. Skeletal remains have been found not far from where a Kosciusko County teen went missing a year ago.
It’s too soon to make a definite link, but some who knew 18 year old Aurora Shoemaker believe it’s more than a coincidence.
“And the last time she was seen was walking down this street and going around the corner out of sight and she never seen nor heard from since, as far as I know,” said Suburban Acres resident John Garnder.
At this time, police won’t say who made the discovery of the skeletal remains at about 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, although they do say the remains were found deep in the woods off N 175 E, just north of Suburban Acres, where Shoemaker lived on the far north side.
The actual mobile home where Shoemaker lived at the time has since been moved, revealing an empty cement slab, but the cat she owned as a child still lives with her long time neighbor, John Gardner.
“Dro, the one male cat I got used to be hers when she was little,” said Gardner. “I guess she (Aurora) was a daughter to me.”
Aurora’s disappearance has long haunted some in the park where neighbors formed search parties shortly after the disappearance.
“They searched from here to the airport, all this direction” said Suburban Acres resident Phillis Slone while pointing toward the nearest major road. “They did not search that direction,” she added, pointing to the woods where the remains were found.
At this point, there is no guarantee that the remains are those of Aurora Shoemaker, although police say hers is the only active missing person’s case in all of Kosciusko County.
“From my understanding we have, we have, one potentially active case we currently have of a missing individual in Kosciusko County that I'm aware of,” said 1st Sgt. Chad Hill of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.
If the mystery of Aurora Shoemaker’s whereabouts have finally been solved, “It created another one,” said Phillis Slone, “because then you’re sad and how did it happen, and why, and you know.”
Kosciusko County has a joint task force of evidence technicians who spent the day processing the scene