September 30, 2013
The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office has determined that the skeletal remains located Sunday evening are those of a missing 18-year-old from a near-by mobile home park. Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson has stated that the skeletal remains located yesterday evening have been officially determined to be that of Aurora Shoemaker, who had went missing on August 16th of last year. Official determination on the remains was conducted by Stephen P. Nawrocki, Ph.D., DABFA, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist with the University of Indianapolis and Dr. Craig Nelson, DDS, Forensic Dentist with the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson also stated that the investigation into the cause of Aurora’s death is still on-going with autopsy results estimated to be completed on Friday. Wilson stated that the scene was processed by Nawrocki along with officers from the Kosciusko County Major Crimes Task Force which consist of members from the Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse Police Departments, Indiana State Police and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.