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Remains found in Idaho believed to be those of Bakersfield woman who disappeared in 2015

Authorities say human remains found in Idaho on Sunday are believed to be those of a Bakersfield woman who went missing in June 2015.

A male walking his dog found the remains in the 1700 block of W. Conkling Park Road in Worley, Idaho, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff's Office release.

"Based on several items located with the remains, investigators believe there is a strong likelihood that the remains discovered are those of Jacquelyn D. Grider," the release said.

The remains were located two miles from where Grider was last seen, the release said. They were sent to forensic experts for positive identification.

Grider's stepson, Buzz Grider, 59, said she was in the first stages of dementia when she went missing the morning of June 1, 2015. He said his stepmother, 69, and father spent their summers in Idaho and winters in Bakersfield.

"The sheriff assured me there were no signs of foul play," Buzz Grider said Tuesday. "It appears she wandered into the woods and dehydrated."

Her body was found just a mile from her home in a heavily wooded area, Buzz Grider said.

After spending many sleepless nights wondering what happened, Buzz Grider said he's relieved his family finally gets some closure. 

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