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Police in Colorado have identified the human remains found in an oil field this week, as the 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews, who has gone missing from the home of her parents, almost 35 years ago.
The construction workers are working in the rural areas of Weld County was digging out from under a pipeline, and on Tuesday, at around 4:50 a.m., where they found what appeared to be human remains, the Greeley Police Department said in a news release.
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Deputies with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene, where they collected the remains, and the proof of that. After the testing, the coroner’s office, the police identified the victim on Thursday, Jonelle, who went missing just five days before Christmas in 1984.
Jonelle Matthews, 12, was last seen at her family, on Dec. 20, 1984.
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Jonelle, a 7th grader at the time, and was a member of the Franklin High School Honor Choir. She also took part in a christmas concert on the 20th of December, when she was dropped off at her house at around 8:00 pm
No one was home at the time of her mother Gloria was out of state, and her father, Jim was attending to her older sister ” s high school basketball game.
By the time the family arrived home at about 8:30 p.m., Jonelle, was nowhere to be found.
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the authorities will examine the scene, in the distance, and after the oil field workers discovered the bones in a in rural Weld County in northern Colorado. (Michael Brian/Greeley Tribune, via AP)
Jonelle lot of national attention after President Ronald Reagan took up the matter in the context of the administration’s effort to help the more than 1 million children disappear every year.
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He also helped with the opening of a new national centre for missing children, and pointed out to the members of the National Newspaper Association to publish the photographs of the nation’s missing children, a mission of mercy.”
“Parents cry out for help, by means of a letter to me,” Reagan told the editorial board in 1985. “But a president can only do so much.”
On Tuesday the discovery in the area Jonelle’s hometown of Greeley and was the first major development since the police announced in December of last year, on the 34th anniversary of her disappearance, that they had to step up their investigation, and hoped to make use of modern technology to solve the problem, The Greeley Tribune reported.
At the time, the police department released a video of Jonelle, and students at the Franklin High School’s holiday concert as a plea for more information.
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Greeley police department Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said on Thursday he could not comment on how authorities were able to identify the remains as those of a young girl so quickly. He, too, declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
The police never made any arrests in Jonelle’s disappearance. Greeley police said Thursday that the case has been actively encouraging anyone with information to come forward.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.