An unidentified body found Sunday afternoon in Lake County, Ind., has been positively identified by authorities as Gena Chiodo, a 42-year-old hairstylist who went missing in October.
The ID was made using dental records, as the body was in an advanced state of decomposition, authorities said. It had "external and internal traumatic injuries due to assault, including multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries," Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey said in a statement.
Chiodo's naked body was wrapped in a comforter and discovered by a hunter in a wooded area just west of Lowell. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
"We believe that she was killed in her residence by her boyfriend and then transported somehow to this field where she was found yesterday. In all probability, she's been in that field since he committed the homicide," said Calumet City Police Chief Ed Gilmore.
Chiodo was last seen in October at her house in the 1300 block of Price. Police said her vehicle and house keys were found at the home.
Friends and family searched for Chiodo using dogs and a helicopter to aid their search. Days later police arrested and charged 42-year-old Donal Clark with her murder