BURLEY — Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall confirmed Monday that partial remains recovered in Jerome County belong to Tiffani Streling, who went missing on May 16, 2015.
McFall said the identity of the bones discovered at a construction site a couple of weeks ago was confirmed by the Ada County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The remains were found in the eastern part of the county.
“It’s been a rough couple of weeks,” Tiffani’s father, William Streling, said.
Streling said the family recently buried his grandmother and they found out the remains were Tiffani’s on Saturday.
“We are doing OK,” said Melissa Belt, Tiffani’s mother. “We are still upset but we are also relieved that she was found.”
Belt said police told the family they suspected it was Tiffani.
“It will be good to bring her home,” Belt said. “It was really hard not knowing where she was. Now we know and of course it was the worst case scenario but I’m so relieved to at least know where she is now.”
William Streling said at this time the family does not have plans for a memorial service.
“It depends on how long it takes. We want to wait for her remains to be returned to us,” he said. “If it takes a long time we may go ahead and hold a memorial service and lay her to rest.”
McFall said the remains were found “in a rural area,” but the sheriff’s office is not revealing the exact location to protect the site in case further investigation is required.
The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office took the lead in recovery of the remains but the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office will handle the criminal investigation, McFall said.
The remains were identified through dental records, and DNA evidence has been sent to a federal lab for processing.
No clothing or other items were found along with the body, he said.
“At this time we do not have a determination on the method or cause of death,” McFall said.
Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said his office is continuing to investigate the case “as a possible homicide.”
“Finding the remains is of great importance to the case and leads us in the direction we need to go,” Warrell said.
Finding the remains confirms for the sheriff office that there was a death and it is not a missing person case, he said.
He declined to say whether there is a suspect in the case.
“We are following up on every lead and every bit of information,” he said.