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The skeletal remains of a long-missing New York state woman have been found in the basement of the home she shared with her recently deceased husband, local authorities said Tuesday.
Jo Ann Nichols was a 55-year-old teacher when her spouse James Nichols reported her missing in December 1985 in the Hudson River city of Poughkeepsie.
Investigators considered the possibility that she took her own life after the death of the couple's only son, but they could never close the case.
Following her husband's death in December, a worker in the house he occupied for at least 30 years found the remains in a sealed container behind a false wall in the cluttered basement, local media reported.
Medical examiner Kari Reiber, who used dental records to confirm the woman's identity, concluded that she had sustained a mortal blow to the head.