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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Autopsy results have confirmed the bodies of two people found in a western Iowa state park are those of a missing Nebraska woman and her 10-year-old son, police said Tuesday.
Police in Council Bluffs, Iowa, said the bodies were identified as Charlotte Schilling, 41, and her son, Owen.
The mother and son went missing from their Plattsmouth, Neb., home on May 10. Police found Schilling’s vehicle the next day at Lake Manawa State Park south of Council Bluffs. Schilling’s wallet and cellphone were found in the car.
A passer-by discovered the bodies Sunday evening in a wooded area about a quarter of a mile from a boat ramp that runs into the Missouri River near the state park.
Schilling had checked her son out of his elementary school on May 10.
Relatives have said it wasn’t unusual for Schilling to surprise her children with trips to nearby attractions but that she always called home and the excursions never lasted long. Her family grew worried when neither she nor her son returned home, and Schilling didn’t respond to relatives’ calls to her cellphone.
Investigators have been treating the case as if the boy had been kidnapped, but they had said they didn’t believe he was in danger.
Charlotte Schilling was seen the morning of May 10 at a department store in Council Bluffs around the time she checked Owen out of school. She and Owen also were videotaped at a convenience store that day, according to KETV in Omaha.
A neighbor of the Schillings, Athena Meneses, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that she and her family moved to Plattsmouth about two years ago just blocks from the Schilling family, and Owen soon became a daily presence at her house.
“We had a trampoline, and he would come over almost every day to play on that,” she said.
Meneses said she did not know Owen’s parents well, but did speak to Charlotte Schilling the night before she and her son disappeared. Meneses said she took her son and Owen to a meeting of a Cub Scout group Owen had wanted to join.
“I didn’t really know her very well, but she seemed upset. She had a bump on her head,” Meneses said. “She didn’t seem like she was really happy that night.”
“She said she wasn’t feeling well and that she’d like to go home,” Meneses said. “She told me that she had fallen down earlier that day.”
Meneses said she and her children have been saddened by the loss of Owen, but want to remember him “as a delightful person. I think he was a good boy.”
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
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Sunrise from Expedition 36
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