Skeletal remains found last November have been positively identified as a missing woman from Claiborne County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday.
Veronica Casciato was reported missing in April 2017. Her vehicle was found several days later in a parking area near the Eagle Gap trailhead in Monroe County.
The TBI and several other agencies searched the area for Casciato several times with no success. Last November, agents were alerted after hunters found some of the missing woman’s belongings in Cherokee National Forest.
TBI agents, along with a rescue team from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and began searching. Casciato’s partial skeletal remains were found in a remote area of Eagle Gap, according to the TBI.
A sample of the skeletal remains was submitted to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification where DNA comparison was completed. This week, the TBI was notified the remains were Casciato’s.
Her cause of death has not been determined.
The investigation is ongoing.