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Mother knows daughter “is home now” after authorities identify remains

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Columbia police confirm the body of Megan Shultz was found in a city landfill.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Columbia Police Department confirmed late Friday night that human remains found were identified as being Megan Shultz's.

Debra Shultz, Megan's mother, spoke with ABC 17 News Saturday morning. She said she got the call last night.

"It was a little more tough, being that it is the holiday season, but I know that she is home now," Shultz said.

Shultz was reported missing in 2006. CPD started searching the city's landfill in September for her remains after her ex-husband Keith Comfort claimed he killed her.

Keith Comfort, 38, is accused of killing his ex-wife Megan Shultz and dumping her body in a city dumpster.

Comfort is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $1 million bond. He faces charges of second-degree murder.

The police department said a private lab confirmed the body found was Shultz by comparing a DNA sample to that of the person discovered. A news release said the department was a 99.99 percent match.

“We are thankful to have reached a point in this investigation where we can definitively tell Megan’s family that we have found her,'' Chief Geoff Jones said in the release.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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