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Remains Of Illinois Woman Missing For Five Years Identified by the FBI Through Dental Records

After five years, authorities confirmed they've positively identified the remains of Cheyann Klus, 22, who was last seen in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood in 2017.

By Caitlin Schunn
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The search for a missing Illinois woman who disappeared in Chicago has come to a tragic end after five years, as the remains of Cheyann Klus were recently identified, according the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The 22-year-old's sister, Mariah, confirmed the news on her Facebook page Sunday evening, posting, “We have been looking for Cheyann, and information related to her disappearance, since she went missing over 5 years ago. While it was not the news we were hoping for, we have received confirmation from law enforcement that Cheyann’s remains were found.”

In a statement, the Cook County Sheriff's office told Oxygen.com that they worked with the DuPage County Sheriff's office and the FBI to confirm Klus' identity through dental records last week. It is unclear where Klus’ remains were found, or how she died.

“The Sheriff's Office will continue to work with Chicago Police to investigate the circumstances of her death, but we are grateful to help bring some measure of closure to Klus' family," the statement to Oxygen.com read.

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Klus was reported missing on Dec. 12, 2017, according to the Missing Person Awareness Network. Her family reported that she was last seen leaving a Downers Grove home on Nov. 27, 2017.

According to Fox 32, investigators learned that Klus had traveled to Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood on the evening of Dec. 1. 

A police handout of missing woman Cheyann Klus

Then, in mid-December 2017, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office learned Klus may have been in the area of the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve in Hanover Park during the timeframe when she was last seen, according to Chicago NBC station WMAQ. The area was searched on Dec. 22, 2017, but Klus wasn’t found. The preserve was searched for a second time on March 17, 2018, with more than 100 authorities and five dogs assisting, but Klus was not located then either.

Mariah Klus posted a thank you on Facebook to the DuPage and Cook County Sheriff’s departments and said the family plans to hold a private memorial service for Cheyann but hopes “everyone can find solace in knowing that she has been found and respectfully laid to rest.”

Mariah asked everyone who wants to help to donate to a government law enforcement agency that focuses on missing persons and helps reunite loved ones with their families.

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