The remains found this week were positively identified as those of Alexis Gabe, a California woman who has been missing since January, authorities in Oakley, California, said Friday.
The partial remains were located in a remote area of Plymouth, a city about 40 miles east of Sacramento, and were reported to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon by a resident, Oakley police said in a statement.
An Amador County sheriff’s investigator and dentist who specializes in forensic dentistry and finds evidence through teeth and dental records confirmed that the remains belong to Gabe, the department said.
Investigators believe the rest of her remains are scattered and they may not get them all back, police said.
The area of the discovery is the same area that police said was a destination for Gabe’s ex-boyfriend, Marshall Curtis Jones, “in the hours and days after Alexis was reported missing,” Oakley Police said Friday.
Gabe, 24, was from Oakley, an East Bay town where her parents pressured authorities to find her alive.
She was last seen on January 26 at her boyfriend’s home in nearby Antioch. The next day, her car was found near her home with the key in the ignition, Oakley police said.
Days after her disappearance, Jones moved to Washington state, where he had family, police said.
When law enforcement entered Seattle on June 1 to arrest Jones under a warrant for alleged murder, he attacked them with a knife and was fatally shot, police said at the time.
Oakley Police Chief Paul Beard said in early June that the evidence against Jones was overwhelming.
Detectives assigned to the case believed Jones killed her at his home in Antioch, according to a joint statement from the Oakley and Antioch departments at the time.
Gabe’s family mourned and asked for privacy, police said.