Remains identified as those of missing woman

Published 9:21 pm Thursday, March 31, 2016

After nearly three and a half years, the family of Adline George has some closure.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department received confirmation from the University of North Texas Center of Human ID on March 7 that bone fragments found in the woods near County Road 9 belonged to the missing Beloit woman. The fragments were found in January 2015, nearly three full years after George had gone missing.

“We finally have peace and we know where she’s at now,” said Adline’s daughter, Mamie. “We don’t have to continue to wonder where she’s at, if somebody’s got her, or if is she dead or alive.”

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Funeral services will be held for Adline at Little Zion Missionary in Orrville Saturday at 11 a.m. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Curtis WIlliams.

Adline, 89, was discovered missing by her husband, Alex, around 5 – 5:30 p.m. on July 31, 2012. While Adline was asleep on a couch, Alex left the house for about 30 minutes to feed the dogs. When he returned, she was gone.

She was in the early stages of dementia with diabetes at the time of her disappearance and was known to take frequent walks from her home on Dallas County Road 865 to Alabama Highway 22 and back, according to her family. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department conducted foot and air searches with additional help from cadaver dogs, local fire departments and community members.

“I’ve been with Dallas County probably 15-16 years, and I’ve never seen a community come together to hunt for somebody like they hunted for Mrs. George,” said Capt. Mike Granthum. “She was loved.”

On Jan. 24, 2015, an unidentified hunter found human bone fragments in the woods off County Road 9, less than a mile from the woman’s home, Granthum said.

“It’s bittersweet so to speak. We hate that we couldn’t find her alive, but it brings closure to the family,” Granthum said.

Granthum said because of the condition of the bones, after years of exposure to the elements, investigators will not be able to determine the cause of death. Mamie said the DNA confirmation has been a relief to the family.

“It really means a lot to my dad. It really gives him peace because I was really worried about him, but he’s so much at peace now,” she said.