Human remains found in Cass County woods were a woman killed in homicide: sheriff

The human remains found in a wooded area of Cass County on Saturday belonged to a woman who was killed in a homicide, the Cass County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.

Mushroom hunters discovered the remains Saturday in the area of South Mopac Road between 235th and 239th streets.

At the time, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that the remains were human, but were unable to determine the name, sex, race, age or approximate time of death.

There was some speculation that the remains could be missing Liberty teenager Desirea Ferris; however the sheriff's office announced that they were not. Officials would not release how they came to that conclusion.

Investigators declared the case a homicide and are continuing to work with area law enforcement to determine the woman's identity.

The remains are the third time in the last year that mushroom hunters have found human remains in Cass County woods.