Remains discovered at lake during search for missing Illinois woman

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DEWITT, Ill. (AP) — Police in central Illinois say they found human remains while searching Clinton Lake in a missing persons case.

Champaign police say they recovered the remains from the lake near DeWitt at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Police have been looking for 24-year-old Ashley C. Gibson of Champaign who was last seen April 17.

Champaign police spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said police found the remains after acting on information developed in Gibson’s missing person case. Meaderds said police have shifted the missing person investigation to a death investigation.

Police previously searched a home in Champaign in connection with the case. An autopsy and forensic pathology tests are planned to identify the remains.

DeWitt is about 35 miles west of Champaign.