The human remains that were found near a supermarket in Mooresville, N.C. earlier this year have been identified as missing Charlotte woman, 29-year-old Anastasia Talisha Meaders.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to a weeded area off Bridgewater Lane in Moorseville on January 15 to investigate skeletal remains someone found. After a search that spanned two days, multiple bones were found and an autopsy was performed.
“We recovered approximately 70 different types of bones,” said Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.
The remains were sent to North Carolina State University for processing. During that 10-month span, detectives searched through missing person reports for possible identification of the remains.
In October, the University of Northern Texas Center for Human Identification notified Iredell County authorities that DNA from a tooth found at the scene confirmed the victim’s identity as Anastasia. She had been reported missing since August 2016 but was last seen alive in June.
Anastasia’s vehicle, a black Chevrolet Impala, was found abandoned at Liberty Park in Mooresville in July 2016. The park is located a few miles from where her remains were discovered this year.
The case is now being investigated as a homicide.
Investigators say Meaders died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the autopsy. Campbell says he’s been in touch with her family about the new developments.
“They’re upset, but it helps to bring a little bit of closure knowing what’s happened to your child, “ Sheriff Campbell said.
Campbell says they’re looking at several possible leads. “There’s definitely a person of interest,” Campbell said.
Anyone with information about Anastasia’s disappearance or murder is asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.