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Human remains discovered last month were identified as a woman with intellectual disabilities who walked away from a nearby group home over two years ago, officials said.

Dushawna Glover, then 48, formerly of Merrillville and East Chicago, was last seen between 6 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. May 16, 2020 walking in an industrial complex near the Tri-Union Express Trucking company sign in the 1900 block of Lafayette Court, Griffith Police said previously.

She had moved into a group home — “several blocks” away from where her remains were later found — just over a week before she disappeared. Glover was seen walking alone on security footage. Police later found her sandal nearby, Griffith Police Detective Sgt. Albert Tharp said in a release Tuesday.

Foul play is not suspected, he said.

Glover’s remains were identified on Nov. 14, with help by forensic anthropologist Dr. Krista Latham, director of the Human Identification Center at the University of Indianapolis, Lake County Coroner David Pastrick said in a statement.

Both Tharp and Pastrick expressed condolences to Glover’s family.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Tyler Brock previously said in a release that at around 7 a.m. Oct. 23, a duck hunter found what appeared to be a bone protruding from a piece of clothing while searching for a downed duck in a marshy area at 1901 Cline Ave., north of River Road. Conservation Officers, as well as Griffith and Lake County Sheriff’s officers, responded to the scene, Brock said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department dive team, along with officers manning drones, assisted in the search over several hours, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said then. Pastrick said in a prior news release, many skeletal remains were found during the search. Pastrick said that based on his experience “and the condition of the remains, it appears the decedent passed away six months or longer, and a lot of time has passed since the occurrence.”

The location where the remains were found was only 0.5 miles from the spot where Glover was last seen. Glover’s disappearance resulted in an extensive search of the area near on River Road and the Little Calumet River two days later, involving the Lake County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, the Hammond Police Department drone unit, members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources using a boat and all-terrain vehicle, and officers of the Canadian National Railroad.

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Michelle L. Quinn is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.

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