Missing woman's body found in her own home 28 years later

Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 9:35 a.m. MDT

The body of a New York school teacher, who disappeared 28 years ago, was found last week — in the very home she lived in at the time of her disappearance.

CNN's Lawrence Crook reports that the skeletal body of JoAnn Nichols was found by a contractor cleaning out the empty home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., about 70 miles north of New York City.

Police told CNN the body was found behind a "false wall" in the basement of the home she lived in with her now-deceased husband, James who was found dead in his home on Dec. 27 of last year.

JoAnn's identity was confirmed through dental records, and the autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

James first reported his wife missing on Dec. 21, 1985, after she failed to show up for a hair appointment.

"It's now safe to say James is a suspect in this case," police Capt. Paul LeComte said.

Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted on July 8, 2013, failed to properly follow our editorial policies. The story was shortened on Oct. 8, 2013, to fall within our editorial guidelines for aggregation.

Read more about JoAnn Nichols on CNN.

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