NEW RUSSIA TWP. – The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation used DNA to identify remains found in New Russia Township as Minerva Tripp, who was reported missing from Cleveland in 2012.
A release from Capt. Donald Barker of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said authorities received confirmation of the DNA match Friday, more than a month after the bones were discovered by a deer hunter in a wooded area in the 1300 block of West Road on Oct. 19.
Tripp, also known as Kim Tripp or Mimi, was 5-feet, 1-inch tall, 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, Barker said. She was reported missing Aug. 28, 2012, and her last known location was Cleveland. She would have been 41 when she disappeared.
Barker said the investigation is ongoing and authorities don’t know yet whether her remains have been in New Russia Township since 2012 or whether it was moved there at some point.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Lottman at (440) 329-3749.