Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department Charlotte Mower
Missing Utah woman’s remains identified in California
Cold case » DNA profile matched to Charlotte Mower, last seen in 2001 in SLC.
First Published May 10 2013 01:33 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:31 pm

Eleven years ago, Charlotte Marie Mower crossed the street near 500 East and 3500 South in Salt Lake City and was never seen again.

But thanks to a DNA match, a Southern California sheriff’s office has identified remains found in a desert town as the missing woman.

Photos
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office found a partial skeleton in a drainage pipe underneath Needles, Calif., in February 2003, about two years after Mower was last seen.

The sheriff’s office couldn’t identify her then, and the Salt Lake City police didn’t have a DNA sample of Mower when she disappeared.

The coroner couldn’t determine a cause of death either, said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office. With little to work with, the case went cold.

But recently, Salt Lake City police were able to use new technology to create a DNA profile for Mower where none existed. They took DNA samples from her brothers, sisters and mother and sent them to the University of North Texas so experts could construct a profile for Mower, said Salt Lake City police Detective Cody Lougy.

They finished that process in April and uploaded the profile to a nationwide network — landing a match this month with the San Bernardino County’s case. Now, the sheriff’s office cold-case division will likely take another look at her case, Bachman said.

"Hopefully they’ll have some luck in putting together the pieces of this woman’s disappearance," she said.

Mower, who was bipolar, was 36 years old when she was last seen in October 2001. Besides leaving behind family in the Salt Lake County area, she was married with young children, Lougy said.

"The hardest thing for families is the unknown," Lougy said, adding that the identification of her remains is double-edged: Her family gets closure, but unfortunately she is deceased.


story continues below
story continues below

Lougy intends to interview Mower’s family to see why she might have gone to the Southern California desert.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mikeypanda



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.