An autopsy has confirmed that the woman found dead in northern Arizona on Feb. 21 is 27-year-old Farmington resident Sasha Marie Krause. Investigators say she was kidnapped and murdered.

The San Juan County and Coconino County sheriff's offices, along with federal authorities, have transitioned the investigation into a kidnapping and murder case as they work to identify and apprehend the individual responsible for the crimes, according to San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari.

Ferrari announced on the morning of Feb. 25 in a Facebook video that the remains of a woman found north of Flagstaff, Arizona were Krause after an autopsy was performed on Feb. 24.

A Coconino County Sheriff's Office press release issued on Feb. 25 stated fingerprints collected at the scene were matched with the Texas Motor Vehicle Department?s driver's license records to confirm her identity around 8 p.m. on Feb. 24.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office in Arizona released information on Feb. 24 that a woman matching the general description of Krause was found on Feb. 21 in the area between Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, north of Flagstaff.

Her body was transported to the Medical Examiner's office in Flagstaff on the night of Feb. 21.

Krause had been missing since the night of Jan. 18. San Juan County deputies were dispatched in the early hours of Jan. 19 to the Lamp & Light Publishers on County Road 5577 in the Crouch Mesa area on reports of a missing woman.

Ferrari said with the limited information at the scene of her disappearance it was difficult to determine if Krause was voluntarily missing or if the agency was conducting a kidnapping investigation

A body found in Arizona has been identified as a Mennonite woman who vanished more than a month ago, and police say she was kidnapped and murdered.

When Sasha Krause went missing Jan. 18 from her hometown of Farmington, New Mexico, the San Juan County sheriff?s office described the disappearance as ?suspicious.?

But even though Krause?s car was found in the parking lot of the Farmington Mennonite Church, investigators were not sure then if she left of her own volition or had been abducted.

Members of the church, however, were sure it was foul play.

?We were convinced from the start that it was an abduction because we are a close-knit community. We know our people. We knew her integrity,? Samuel Coon, an editor at Lamp & Light Publishers, where Krause worked, told The Daily Beast.

?Sasha was a person of deep integrity, very level-headed. There is no one I would have less expected this to happen to,? he said.

Repeated aerial and canine searches turned up no trace of the 27-year-old, and a $50,000 reward offered by a police foundation did not yield any credible tips.

Then, over the weekend, the New Mexico authorities were notified that a camper found a body matching Krause?s description near Sunset Crater National Monument outside Flagstaff, Arizona. An autopsy completed Monday made a positive identification; no cause of death was released.

?Our investigation now transitions to a criminal investigation... in trying to identify and apprehend the individual responsible for Sasha?s kidnap and murder? the sheriff said, adding that federal authorities were joining the probe.

Krause grew up in Grandview, Texas, the eldest of seven children. She was a bookworm who loved teaching herself new things. She learned Spanish on her own and volunteered to go to New Mexico to work for the publishing company, which distributes Bible correspondence courses in foreign languages.

?She was loving it. She?d found her niche in life,? her father, Robert Krause, told The Daily Beast.