"We are thankful to have reached a point in this investigation where we can definitively tell Megan’s family that we have found her,'' Police Chief Geoff Jones said. "Our thoughts are with them and we stand with them as we go through the prosecution phase of this process."
Megan was reported missing on Aug. 5, 2006 by her husband at the time, Keith Alan Comfort. A missing person report was completed, but there was no evidence that suggested foul play.
On Aug. 4, 2019, Comfort went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Police Department and made voluntary statements implicating himself in the death of Shultz.
In Sept. of 2019, the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Solid Waste Utility analyzed the operating records of the landfill to determine what portion of the landfill was used in Aug. of 2006 and conducted an exploratory dig for dated materials such as newspapers, receipts and postmarks in those areas.
On Sept. 18, detectives and Columbia Solid Waste Utility crews found what appeared to be human remains. A professional anthropologist confirmed the findings as human remains.
Previous Press Release(s):
UPDATE: Human remains found during landfill exploratory dig related to disappearance of Megan Shultz
CPD, City of Columbia Utilities hold press conference in relation to 2006 disappearance of Megan Shultz
UPDATE: Information regarding Megan Shultz investigation
Suspect arrested regarding open missing person case from 2006