On Thursday, August 11, 2022, New York State Police announced that the body of a woman had been found in a remote area in the town of Morris.

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According to New York State Police in Sidney, the human remains belonged to an adult female who stood between 4'9" and 4'11" in height. The woman was wearing Adidas jogging pants, a pink tank top, a lightweight black jacket with a pink zipper, and Carolina brand boots. Also found with the remains were a silver adjustable ring with a heart and a gold chain necklace were also found.

The remains were found by two people who were metal detecting shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 and police estimate that the body had been in its location for roughly two months.

New York State Police said that there were no local missing person reports and so they had no idea who the woman might be or where she may have come from and decided to reach out to the public to see if anyone could offer clues to the woman's identity.

On Friday, August 19, New York State Police announced that the remains had been positively identified as belonging to 38-year-old Laura L. Rous of Otego. Otego is located under 20 miles from Morris.

New York State Police continue to investigate what led to the disappearance and death of Laura Rous and encourage anyone who might have information that will help authorities piece together what happened to contact the New York State Police at 607-561-7400.

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