Patsy Hudson

Patsy Hudson was reported missing Dec. 22, 2015, but police believe her last contact was on July 4, 2015. 

MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Police Department now has the bones suspected of belonging to Patsy Hudson, the 62-year-old who has been missing since July 2015.

Those remains are currently being processed for DNA at the department.

Mansfield police Lt. Robert Skropits said he and a team traveled to Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania on Monday, April 18 to retrieve the remains. DNA analyst Dawn Fryback has been examining the bones since the middle of last week.

Detectives are still awaiting a biological profile of the skeletal remains from Mercyhurst University, which will indicate the sex, approximate age, height, race and signs of trauma of the bones which were discovered earlier two months ago in various locations throughout northern Richland County.

That report will be given to Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page once its finished.

“The process has been going on since February, when we first found them (the bones),” Skropits said. “We went up there to get the bones so we could do our DNA sampling. We need to just get it done instead of waiting for the profile.”

Skropits was unsure how long the DNA sampling and Mercyhurst University's biological profile will take.

He declined to speculate on the identity of the remains.

“Until we’re 100 percent, I don’t want to say anything,” he said.

This is a developing story. Check back here for more updates. The following graphic outlines the history of the case. 

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