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Human remains found in Cleveland identified as woman reported missing in 2015

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Jun 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-19 23:26:56-04

CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has identified skeletal remains found in a field last month as a woman who was reported missing in 2015.

According to Cleveland police, the remains were found on May 13 in a field in the 3500 block of East 55th Street by someone working in the area. The remains were taken to the medical examiner's office and identified on Friday through DNA analysis as Kristy Thomas, of Cleveland.

According to Cleveland police, Thomas was reported missing on June 19, 2015, when she was 25 years old.

News 5 spoke with Thomas' mother, Kimberly Osbourne, Sunday, which was exactly seven years after Thomas' disappearance.

"I don’t really know how I feel about it," Osbourne said. "At least I know she’s not being tortured, but I don’t think it's the outcome I wanted. She didn’t just end up there. Something happened and nobody is talking."

Last week, detectives reached out to Osbourne, asking for DNA to confirm her daughter's remains were the ones found in the field.

Osbourne, who has raised Kristy's son since her disappearance, admits her daughter struggled with heroine, but how Kristy’s body ended up in this field and the moments leading up to her death remain a mystery.

"We would like to know who did this to her," sister Kayla Thomas said. "That person has to come out so we can have our peace."

The case remains under investigation.

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