PITTSBURGH — UPDATE, Nov. 21: Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee confirmed for Channel 11 that a second attempt to identify Feden using dental records was successful, which prevented an extended wait of several weeks for DNA testing.
ORIGINAL, Nov. 18: Nevada officials have located a woman's remains in the desert outside Las Vegas that fit the description of a local woman reported missing.
But so far, he has not been charged with the murder.
Feden had a condition called VATER Syndrome which affected her body's structure. That was why she was 4 feet, 1 inch tall and weighed 75 pounds. But according to renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, her condition could be key in identifying her body.
"As so far in a probable highly likely identification, not long at all. In fact, minutes once a forensic pathologist has the body, knows the clinical history of the VATER syndrome," Wecht said.
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But investigators told Channel 11 they are having a difficult time identifying remains founds in the desert because they are badly decomposed. The remains that could be Feden's were found after a week in the hot sun.
"After a week or so in the desert, there would be complete dehydration of the internal organs and so on," Wecht said.
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