A missing woman’s corpse was finally identified on Thursday night, Aug. 19, after being found near her father’s Maine home in May earlier this year.

The corpse, identified as Denise Scott Ramsey, was found on May 8, 2021, while her family was cleaning out the shed of deceased Douglas Scott, Sr. who succumbed to COVID-19 in March, the Portland Press Herald reported.

“I can confirm that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has informed us that the skeletal remains in Casco are that of Denise Ramsey and that the cause of death is pending further study,” Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said.

State Police are currently investigating Ramsey’s cause of death.

Ramsey’s brother, Douglas Scott, Jr., discovered her body in the shed. He said that he suspected that it was their missing sister, but did not publicly comment about it until it was confirmed by police.

“I’m just glad that they finally released that it was her,” he said. “It’s a big weight off all of our shoulders.”

Ramsey has been missing since 2019, though she was only reported as a missing person on March 2021, after Scott, Jr. said that she has not been seen or heard from in “quite a while,” according to the New York Daily News.

Danielle McNaughton, the daughter of Denise Ramsey, was the one who helped identify the body through a distinctive tattoo on her ankle, according to CBS affiliate WGME.

“She was bright. She was intelligent. She was quick-witted. She was funny. There wasn't anyone or anything that she loved more in this world than me and her grandkids,” she described her mother.

As the corpse has been found on Douglas Scott, Sr.’s shed, there is some speculation as to who killed Ramsey and hid her body. McNaughton does not believe that her grandfather did it.

“He couldn't even lug groceries up the stairs when he was first diagnosed with COPD,” she said.

Douglas Scott, Sr. died on March 4 due to COVID-19 complications. Ramsey lived with him on his Casco, Maine house until she went missing in 2019.

Missing woman Denise Ramsey's corpse was found in a shed in Maine in May 2021 after being missing for more than a year and a half. This is a representational image. Le'Ora Monroé/Unsplash.

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