Salamanca, N.Y. (WKBW) – Remains found back in 2009 have been identified as that of Traci Douglass, 45, of Salamanca.
Authorities are holding a press conference to release more information about the victim Tuesday afternoon.
Officials said the remains belong to Traci Douglass, 45, of Salamanca, last seen in January of 2007. The situation and cause of death have not been determined at this time.
Originally, the remains were thought to be that of missing woman Corrie Anderson. Forensic testing showed that wasn’t the case. Soon after, authorities thought the remains could be another missing woman Lori Ceci Bova. Dental records also ruled out that conclusion.
Back when the remains were found in 2009, Channel 7 talked to Dennis Dirkmaat a Forensic Anthropologist at Mercyhurst College about the process of identification.
“We're basically cleaning the remains and providing an inventory. Then, we'll come up with a biological profile, which is age, sex stature and ancestry,” Dirkmaat said.
Ceci Bova went missing back in 1997 and Anderson in October of 2008. Now, this identification leaves both families relieved because there is hope that the women are still alive. They also feel frustrated because the mystery into both the women’s disappearances continues.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff will hold a press conference to release more details about Douglass and what caused her death.