SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The body of a missing Sanford woman was found late Wednesday afternoon, concluding a 46-day search.
Kerry Rear's body was found by a sergeant from the Maine Warden Service around 2 p.m. off Route 109, about 600 feet from where she was last seen on Jan. 22 at a convenience store, according to the Sanford Police Department.
State police are still investigating the discovery of the body. When asked, they would only say that they were aware of a recent missing person case in the area and would not positively identify the body until the state medical examiner does an autopsy. However, the Sanford Police Department issued a release, saying they had identified the body as Kerry Rear.
Witnesses inside the Mini Mart on the day Rear disappeared said she looked intoxicated and confused. They say she wasn't wearing shoes and was dripping wet.
Detective Eric Small from the Sanford Police Department said he made a promise to Rear's father that he would not stop searching until she was found. Police had used search dogs three times to help trace Rear's steps. One led them to Dover, New Hampshire. Her parents had also offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could help find her.
Detective Small said the weather may have made it difficult to find Rear these last few weeks. With the snow melted, he said she may have been easier to find.
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