Investigators have determined a skull found in a remote area of eastern Missouri is connected to the case of a woman missing for more than two years.


Lincoln County Sheriff's Department spokesman Andy Binder told KTVI-TV that a human skull was found on Saturday in nearby Montgomery County, not far from where the body of 50-year-old William Benhardt was found in June 2016. Authorities believed Benhardt shot himself.

Investigators said that around that same time, Bernhardt had argued with his wife, Sussette Benhardt, at a nursery they owned near Troy in Lincoln County, as they were going through a divorce. She hadn't been seen since then.

Montgomery County Sheriff Matt Schoo said Thursday afternoon the remains were positively identified as Sussette Benhardt.