Human remains found in vehicle in Tenn. ID’d as missing Hickman Co., Ky. woman

Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 1:18 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2022 at 3:15 PM CST
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HICKMAN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Human remains found in a vehicle in western Tennessee have been identified as a Heartland woman missing since mid-December.

According to Kentucky State Police, they were notified around 6 p.m. on Monday, January 24 by the Weakley County, Tenn. Sheriff’s Office that they found human remains inside a vehicle in their jurisdiction.

The vehicle was determined to be the 2014 black Ford Fusion belonging to Virginia Emerson, who was reported missing to KSP Post 1 on Dec. 12.

An autopsy on the remains by conducted by the Tennessee State Medical Examiner’s Office in Nashville.

The remains were identified as Virginia Emerson.

The investigation into her death is ongoing by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.

A Golden Alert was issued for 73-year-old Virginia Emerson on December 12 after her family reported her missing.

KSP said at the time Emerson had dementia, and that she may have been experiencing a medical emergency. They said her disappearance was not believed to be tornado-related.

According to the Hickman County Emergency Management Agency, Emerson was last seen driving in Clinton near Water Street at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

EMA leaders said their office, Clinton Police Department, Hickman County Sheriffs Office, KSP, Hickman County Fire & Rescue Squad, Clinton Fire Department, Columbus Volunteer Fire Department , Hickman County Dispatch and the Kentucky National Guard have worked diligently in trying to find Emerson.

They have searched the areas where she mostly traveled and in various communities in Tennessee.

According to KSP, a phone ping revealed her last known location was in Obion County, Tenn. on US-51 near Bethlehem Road.

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