Columbia, MO Police believe they found remains of woman missing since 2006

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COLUMBIA, MO. (CNN) – Police in Columbia, Missouri are closer to solving a decade-old cold case.

After searching a landfill for days, a body was found in trash from 13-years ago.

The search was prompted by a confession by the husband of Megan Shultz.

Megan Shultz reportedly walked away from her home in 2006 and was never seen again.

Then august 5th of this year, Keith Comfort, Shultz’s then husband, turned himself into Wisconsin police.

He said he murdered her and dumped her body in a dumpster in 2006 and then reported her missing.

“He murdered my sweet Meg…”

Her family had new information and were ready for her to be found.

“I mean, she was not trash, she was somebody’s child.”

Columbia Police decided to search the Columbia landfill, which is more than 100 acres.

First, they were just looking for trash from 2006.

“Right now, we’re not searching for any evidence.”

Once they found that, they began looking for her.

A needle in a haystack… until they found a body a little over a month after.

It will take time to confirm, but Shultz’s family is a step closer to closure.

“And we keep them in our thoughts and our prayers as the identification process proceeds.”

Police are waiting for DNA test results to positively identify the body.

Megan Schultz’s mother is hoping to get custody of her granddaughter.

Keith Comfort is being held in jail. He’s charged with second degree murder.

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(This story was originally published on September 19, 2019)

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