Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera announced Tuesday evening the positive identification of skeletal remains discovered by a hunter Dec. 12.

According to Barrera, the remains were confirmed to be the body of Lanessa Roosa, 21, who had been missing since Jan. 1, 2019 from an area motel.

Highland County coroner Dr. Jeff Beery told The Highland County Press that there was no cause of death given, but there were "no signs of trauma."


As previously reported, on Dec. 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a hunter who indicated he had discovered what appeared to be skeletal remains in a heavily wooded area.

Detectives and deputies arrived on the scene and located what appeared to be skeletal remains, which were taken to the Montgomery County Morgue to be processed for identification. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Highland County Coroner also reported to the scene.

In February, Roosa was listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s website as a missing adult. She went missing Jan. 1, 2019 and was last seen at the Greystone Motel in Hillsboro, according to Attorney General Dave Yost’s office.

On April 4, local law enforcement, including from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Police Department and Greenfield Police Department as well as the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office, conducted a search for Roosa. Also participating were members of the Ohio Task Force 1 search and rescue team and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Cadaver dogs were also on the scene.