Remains in wall ID'd as missing NY woman

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - July 2, 2013

JoAnn Nichols was reported missing in December 1985 by her husband, James.

James Nichols died of natural causes last December at the age of 82. Authorities say a contractor cleaning hoarded items and debris out of the Nichols home in Poughkeepsie on Friday found the bones in a sealed container behind a false basement wall.

On Monday, the Dutchess County medical examiner's office identified the remains as those of JoAnn Nichols, based on dental records.

Dr. Kari Reiber says the 55-year-old woman died from a blow to the head. Police say the investigation into her death continues.

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