Remains found at river positively ID'd as West Richland missing woman

Remains found at river positively identified as West Richland missing woman

PASCO, Wash. - A missing woman from West Richland has been identified as the person whose remains were found at the Columbia River in an apparent murder.

Human remains were discovered along the river in north Pasco on the evening of July 5. The King County Medicial Examiner's Office confirmed Friday to the Franklin County Coroner the remains were that of 40-year-old Michelle Hudnall.

Authorities have arrested three people for their involvement in this incident. Florentino “Jai” Castillo, 39 of Pasco, and Benny Lozano Jr, 27 of Pasco have been booked into Franklin County Jail for second degree murder.

The coroner says a forensic anthropologist positively identified the victim based on comparison of Hudnall's X-ray records to the remains.

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