BURLEY — Authorities are combing Jerome County for more evidence into the disappearance and apparent murder of Tiffani Streling, the Burley woman who went missing in 2015.
Police announced in November that they’d found Streling’s remains in rural Jerome County. On Friday, Sheriff Doug McFall said that only the skull was originally found, an accidental discovery made by excavation workers.
Now, police are hoping to find Streling’s additional remains in the hopes they could yield more clues into how Streling died and who caused her death.
“We are still looking for the rest of her body,” McFall said. “There have been several searches in the immediate area, but it has not been found yet.”
Authorities have not disclosed the exact location of where Streling’s skull was found, likely to keep the public away as authorities search for additional remains.
The FBI is examining forensic evidence collected in November. The sheriff said he didn’t know how long the testing would take. DNA testing is expected to confirm the positive dental identification performed by the Ada County Coroner’s Office.
“We haven’t heard anything back from the FBI lab yet,” McFall said.
All of the information and reports gathered by his office will likely be turned over to the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating Streling’s disappearance.
“We don’t know where the homicide took place,” McFall said, an important factor in determining jurisdiction.
He said there is a possibility that at least “part of the crime” took place in Cassia County.
Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said the case has not been officially turned over to his office.
“We are following up leads and gathering as much info as we can,” Warrell said.
Streling was reported missing by her boyfriend James McLaws the day after she disappeared. McLaws and the father of Tiffani’s deceased baby reportedly had a confrontation the day she disappeared.
Her family continued to hold vigils and search for her after her disappearance.
Streling’s mother, Melissa Belt, said in November that her family was upset but “relieved” that she had been found.
Streling’s father, William Streling, said the family wanted to wait for her remains to be returned before they held a memorial service.
Warrell said anyone with information on the Streling case should call the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office at 208-878-2251.