Human remains found in field, wooded area in Mt. Vernon identified

(Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – Human remains found in a field and wooded area in Mt. Vernon, Ill. on March 21 have been identified.

The remains are Keriaye M. Winfrey, 20, of Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office responded to a field and wooded area west of the intersection of Davidson Avenue and Veterans Memorial Drive to assist the Mt. Vernon Police Department on March 21.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Mt. Vernon Fire Department, and Jefferson County Fire Protection District responded to the area as well.

A larger area search of the scene was conducted on March 29 by members of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Fire Protection District, Mt. Vernon Fire Department, Woodlawn Fire Department, Waltonville Fire Department, Illinois State Police Forensic Services, Canine Search and Rescue Teams, and Litton Ambulance.

Evidence was recovered during both dates. Evidence located on March 21 provided a lead to the possible identity of the remains. DNA was secured and forensically compared with DNA samples provided by members of Winfrey’s family.

This week, Detective Captain Wallace received confirmation the human remains were Keriaye M. Winfrey.

The cause and manner of Winfrey’s death are still under investigation by the coroner’s office. A forensic anthropologist is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Captain Wallace at the sheriff’s office at (618) 244-8004 or Crimestoppers at (618)242-TIPS.

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