Skeleton of Woman Missing for 30 Years Found Behind Hidden Wall

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Joann Nichols was reported missing in 1985

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The hidden skeleton of a woman who had been missing for 28 years came to light when a contractor cleaned out a vacant home in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York.

The gruesome find was uncovered behind a ‘false wall’ in the basement of the home the woman had shared with her late husband, police said.

Joann Nichols’ remains were found inside a large plastic bin, inside a plastic bag and wrapped in a sheet, said Dr. Kari Reiber, the Dutchess County Medical Examiner.

“The body was skeletonized and the hands were tied with rope. … A large area of the right side of the skull was also missing,” Reiber said.

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