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FBI: DNA points to identity of Utah remains

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALT LAKE CITY ” FBI investigators say they are 99 percent certain human remains found last month in Utah’s Book Cliffs mountains are those of a Colorado woman missing since 2003.

Grand County Sheriff Jim Nyland says DNA tests identified the remains as Leann Emry, 24, of Centennial, Colo.

The remains were found March 11 by sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents in the mountains, about 5 miles west of the Colorado state line and 75 miles northeast of Moab.

They were directed to the Book Cliffs by Scott Lee Kimball, 42, who drew a map of the area and marked it with the initials of Emry and Jennifer Marcum, 25, of Denver, also missing since 2003.

Kimball, of Colorado, is a former FBI informant who is serving a 48-year prison sentence after convictions for theft and being a habitual offender. He has not been charged with a crime in either the Emry or Marcum case.

The FBI has said, however, that Kimball had known connections to both women and to two other missing persons, Kaysi McLeod, 19, and Terry Kimball, 60, who also lived in the Denver area. McLeod disappeared in 2003. Her remains were found by hunters in northwestern Colorado. Terry Kimball, who is Scott Kimball’s uncle, vanished in 2004 but has never been found.

Searchers have found no sign of Marcum, but Nyland said his officers plan another search.

Nyland said he remains skeptical about finding a second body in the Book Cliffs. Kimball has provided some credible information but also has appeared to withhold details or contradict himself, the sheriff said.

“This guy’s told us so many things, I don’t know what to believe,” Nyland said.

A message left by The Associated Press on Tuesday for Lynn Anne Pierce, Kimball’s attorney in a federal firearms case, was not immediately returned.

Howard Emry, Leann Emry’s father, said he felt relief and sadness when the FBI called him with the test results.

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