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Missing priest’s remains found in southern Kansas pasture

March 28, 2019

PROTECTION, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in a southern Kansas pasture are those of a priest who went missing from a nursing home almost two years ago.

KWCH-TV reports that someone looking for deer antlers found the remains Wednesday in a brush area about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east of Protection. The Comanche County Sheriff’s Office says the remains were taken to a hospital where they were identified as those of Father Marvin Reif. He was 53 in April 2017 when he went missing from the nursing home in Protection. More than 100 people searched for him, some on horseback and all-terrain vehicles.

Reif’s sister, Karen Winkelman, said at the time that her brother had a history of depression, and that their mother’s death earlier that year was particularly difficult for him.

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Information from: KWCH-TV, http://www.kwch.com/

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