The body of a Spring Hope woman who has been missing since mid-June has been found in southeastern Ohio.

The badly decomposed remains discovered by a married couple in the Otway area of Little Bear Creek on July 12 have been identified as those of Nicole Alloway, 19.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said Monday that the Sheriff's Office has received information verifying through dental records that body was Alloway. She had gone to Portsmouth, Ohio to meet a man she had connected with on the Internet.

Donini said detectives from his office learned late Friday that the Montgomery County Forensics Center had identified the remains.

"The cause of death is still undetermined," Scioto County Sheriff's Captain David Hall said. "We're following up on leads."

Alloway's grandmother, Diane Dille, told a Portsmouth newspaper that family members were notified of the identification of the body.

Dille told the newspaper that Alloway had been seen on a surveillance camera picking up money at a Western Union in the Portsmouth Kroger Store. She then apparently vanished.

"She was supposed to come home," Dille said. "On June 10th I sent her some money, and she just disappeared."

Alloway, a single mother of two, was reported missing June 10. Family members say they had not heard from her since early June.

The Otway community, where the body was found, is about 78 miles south of Columbus.

Captain Hall said the Scioto County Sheriff's Office and the Portsmouth Police Department are cooperating in a joint investigation. He said sheriff's detectives met with a police detective early Monday to share information.

"They have been very good about sharing information," Hall said.

The Scioto County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Matt Spencer.