|FIRST REPORTED 10:35am 9/10/13 It took almost 20 years, but we now officially know whose body it was that was found in the East Galesburg brickyards in 1996.
The Knox County Sheriffs Department announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that the body found was indeed that of Helen "Ruth" Alps. Alps had been missing since, at latest, the early 1990's.
Detective Sergeant Jason Landers says a DNA sample pulled in May from the bones was positively connected to one of Alps' daughters. Investigators initially thought the body might have been that of Lula Cora Hood, but she was found alive in Florida.
Landers says Alps' family members always thought it was their mother, but that she never was officially entered into any missing persons' database until just this year.
Meantime, Landers says an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Alps' death continues. A cause of death still isn't yet clear. Anyone with information is still asked to call a special hotline 345-6790, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DNA testing has been done through forensic labs in Minnesota and Texas.
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(Helen "Ruth" Alps. 1986 photo from Knox County Sheriffs Department.)