Human Remains Found Near Suburban Acres

A Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputy guarded a wooded area near Suburban Acres Mobile Home Park Sunday evening and all night where it is believed human remains were found. (Photo by Stacey Page)

A Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputy guarded a wooded area near Suburban Acres Mobile Home Park Sunday evening and all night where it is believed human remains were found. (Photo by Stacey Page)

Late Sunday afternoon, police were called to a wooded area along CR 175 East, Warsaw, where severely decomposed human remains were allegedly found.

The woods where Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies have been stationed all night, is just several yards north of Suburban Acres Mobile Home Park. The area is less than a mile from where Aurora Shoemaker, then 18, disappeared over a year ago.

Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson would not comment on any findings, referring our questions to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Chad Hill, who serves as the public information officer.

Sgt. Hill released the following statement this morning: “The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office are currently investigating the discovery of potential human skeletal remains located Sunday evening in a wooded area along CR 175 East, near the Suburban Acres Mobile Home Park north of Warsaw. No further information is available at this time.”

Shoemaker went for a walk outside her Suburban Acres home at approximately 5 p.m. the evening of Aug. 16, 2012. She has not been seen since.

A family member of Shoemaker’s told they were contacted by police Sunday to confirm the findings of a human skeleton in the woods at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

We will continue to follow this breaking news event.



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Human Remains Found Near Suburban Acres — 48 Comments

  1. How sad to think it is anyone at all yet it could be Aurora and then being so close all this time my friend and her family went through this same situation here in Kosciusko county with their daughter and sister what a tragedy

  2. thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this person.. have so many mixed emotions hoping it isn’t Aurora but praying for her mom Lauretta that she may get some answers …

  3. How could you post that this could be Aurora Shoemaker when you don’t even know?She has younger siblings that you need to take into consideration.Your a journalists get the facts before you print something that effects our family.You dident print the name of the young lady who stepped in front of the train so please respect this family

    • As a journalist Stacey is just pointing out the close proximity of the remains to Aurora’s home. This happens frequently in news reports. The article did not state that the remains are Aurora’s. My prayers go out to anyone involved in this situation.

    • Erm… read for comprehension. The location is close to where the young lady was at when she disappeared. No one is saying the remains are hers– merely stating fact, that the remains (which might be human) are in the same area from which the young lady disappeared last year. No journalistic boundaries were crossed.

        • All I am saying is this in no way disrespects her family. Do you honestly think that since the remains were found so close to where she went missing that the family is not waiting with bated breath to the conclusion of the investigation?

      • Last I checked, she wasn’t hired by Times Union or a South Bend news station. This is her own journalism. And at times reckless.

        • Again, how so? Remains were found. There is a proximity correlation to the missing Shoemaker girl. That is what she reported. Those are facts. Perhaps you don’t understand that. And by the way, both of the media outlets you mention, along with dozens of others, get their news feed from this site when it pertains to this area.

          • no… they dont.. They get it directly from press releases from involved agencies.. No respectful news agency is going to use a third party as a source for breaking news. They might use her photographs and contributions, but it is not their first, primary, or sole source of information

    • Stacey tries to have class, but very little does she show it..

      She is all about publicity of her page and endeavors.

      My deepest sympathy to your family.

    • She didn’t write that it was Aurora. She wrote: “The area is less than a mile from where Aurora Shoemaker, then 18, disappeared over a year ago.” This is a fact.

  4. If the “Police” did their “Jobs” like they were supposed to and got the dogs out and a man hunt this body would have been discovered a long time ago. But due to aurora being from a lower class family there searching was very little if any at all just merely questioning people she may have been in contact with. It’s sad that someone walking through the woods can find these remains but our law enforcement That is supposed to “Serve And Protect” couldn’t.

    • An18 yr old, with no signs of foul play. There was no reason for a search. To say the police didn’t do there job because the family is poor. That’s just ignorant.

        • They’re overwhelmed with the amount of crime from theft, meth and illegals there. My home there was robbed in Oct 2010 and the people that did it was obvious to everyone and there was even an eyewitness to the truck in my drive, but they were so “overwhelmed” by all the other crime there, they weren’t even able to devote enough time to solve completely solvable crime. If I remember correctly, when this young lady disappeared, the article in the paper almost made it sound as if she were a runaway. Last thing Warsaw police dept. has time for is to spend man hours on a runaway.
          Thoughts and prayers to this family!

  5. what I want to know is why they haven’t found this sooner. When that girl went missing the police said they searched that area and found noting but now all of a sudden they find something a year later. well if the police searched the area all ready don’t you think finding a whole body is easier than just a skeleton.

    • Shelly
      what if the body was dumped after the search? Our officers must be given the benefit of the dout. Until you have walked in their shoes give them respect. Criminals are inocent until proven guilty.(and still walk free)
      Let’s pray for answers answers for this hurting family.

  6. I’m not saying it is Aurora but when she came up missing and they supposedly searched the area you think they would have found these remains right?

  7. Exactly, posting speculation without word from Law Enforcement or any facts.


    Please show class. There is typically a reason why Law Enforcement is not releasing information at press time. All family has not been notified and they are using discretion. Please do the same.

  8. I made a choice to go on SPO. I made a choice to follow her on FB. I get that the family is upset, still nobody makes you read the news. When you get breaking real time news sometimes its not all Rainbows and Unicorn I stand behind Stacey Page.

    • Ill be interested to see if you feel the same way when you read of your close loved one being killed before you are properly notified…

  9. left Warsaw for far northern Michigan a year ago and don’t regret it. I grew up in Warsaw and can remember it when it was a charming, quiet small town. Never dreamed murders, shootings, and rampant drug problems would be the norm there. Sad to see such a beautiful city fall to the trash!

  10. People…please respect Lauretta and her family. Nothing needs to be said here unless its a prayer…offer support not your opinions. She was a classmate of mine. Thank you!

  11. If the KCSD would have allowed a search team instead of insisting that
    Aurora had,”run off” it is quite likely that this body would have been found a year ago and there would be more forensic evidence available to
    the coroner and his team. Even if this doesn’t turn out to be Aurora
    this would still be true.

  12. Stacey can only peresent the facts. She cannot guard who reads the fac r s. Get the comouters out of kids hands unless they can handle adult infor.

  13. i dont know aurora but i have said since she disappeared there is no way a 19-20 year old young woman leaves willing without a single posession. no way. i said from the start something very bad happened to her and since she came from a trailer park and had piercings and colored hair the police wrote her off. i bet if one of her parents was some big wig at biomet or zimmer there would have been dogs, foot searches, and helicopters looking for her. normally i have the utmost respect for men and women in uniform, but warsaw is a corrupt little town. if u dont live on a lake or have a trust fund you dont matter. my heart breaks for her family and i hope every officer involved takes a step back and thinks about a young woman with her whole life ahead of her that deserved more care and attention than her case was given.

  14. i’ve been following this story for so long thoughts and prayers for the family, hoping its not but everything fits. same area and everything.