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Messer case still at standstill

There are still many questions surrounding Lynn Messer's disappearance as law enforcement explore every possibility through forensic testing.

The disappearance of Lynn Messer continues to be at a standstill as law enforcement officers await the results of additional forensic testing.

Lynn, 52, went missing on July 8, 2014. Despite extensive searching 400 acres surrounding the farm, her remains were not discovered until more than two years later. Her son found her body on Nov. 1 in the woods about 30 yards from the back end of one of the rear cow pastures while he was scouting for areas to hunt on the family farm. 

In late March the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department received a report from the St. Louis County Chief Medical Examiner and Forensic Pathologist Dr. Mary Case. At that time Case determined that Lynn had in fact been exposed to the elements for the two-year time period she had been missing. During Case’s investigation she felt it would be beneficial to send off hair samples for toxicology testing, since nothing came back saying this is the absolutely definitive cause of death.

Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Major Jason Schott said they are trying to determine as much information as they can from Lynn’s remains.

In March he was unsure if they were waiting on any other testing to come back that was being done. Schott said they still have not received any results from the toxicology report and he doesn’t know when they will be in because crime labs don’t give them any kind of time table.

“I’m not sure what type of specific testing is being done,” said Schott. “It will depend on the results that come back to determine what we do from there. Once they give us results on what they are doing, then it may lead us in another direction.”

Until then the sheriff’s department has no intentions of closing the case. Lynn’s remains still are in the custody of the sheriff’s department.

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Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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