Remains in wall identified as New York woman missing since 1985
Published July 02, 2013
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A skeleton found walled-up in a dead man's junk-filled basement has been identified as the man's wife, a first-grade teacher whom he reported missing more than 27 years ago.
James Nichols died of natural causes in December at the age of 82. Police found his body after neighbors said they hadn't seen him for days. With no relatives coming forward to claim the body or deal with the estate, county officials buried the IBM retiree and hired a contractor to clean out the house, which was stuffed with hoarded items and trash.
On Friday, the contractor found the skeleton sealed in a plastic container behind a false wall.
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