Remains found 1 year ago identified as missing Perry Co. woman

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HAZARD, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Perry County Coroner’s Office says a skull found in the woods a year ago has finally been identified.

The coroner says the skull belongs to Maudie Smith, who disappeared in February of 2017.

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Shortly after that, in April 2017, the coroner’s office says it was notified a human skull found.

It took experts at the University of Tennessee and Texas a year to positively identify the skull as Smith’s.

The coroner says they don’t have a cause of death, but he says the remains do not show any sign of trauma.



Smith’s death is still under investigation.