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Remains Identified As Kate McGrayle

Last updated on Friday, April 26, 2013

(BROWN COUNTY) - The remains two mushroom hunters found April 11, near Nashville are those of Kate McGrayel, a Brown County woman missing since April 2010.

Forensic examiners have not yet determined how McGrayel died.

Kate's bones and clothing were found in the woods on a remote hillside behind her home.

Brown County Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Piper says his uneducated guess was that it appeared they had been there "more than a couple of years," based on ground cover in the area.

Family members believe she left the home she shared with her mother in the 2500 block of Wise Hollow Road on her own accord. Her father, Jim McGrayel, posted missing persons flyers around the region in December 2010.

He described her as a passionate, physically frail woman with a big heart for ministry. She had ministered through Campus Crusade for Christ, traveling all over the world.

The Brown County High School graduate was the first child in her family to graduate from college, earning a graphic design degree from Indiana University.

A former roommate in Bloomington reported her disappearance to Brown County officers on April 22, 2010, when she received a phone call from Kate's father, asking if she had seen her.

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