Coroner’s report continues mystery of missing Middletown woman found dead

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Lindsay Bogan evidence search

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More than three years after a 30-year-old Middletown mother went missing and was found dead, what happened to her remains a mystery.

Lindsay Bogan was last seen alive on Sept. 13, 2015. Her skeletal remains were found in a Madison Twp. field on July 11, 2016.

But the place of Bogan’s death is unknown, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office report released after a request by this news organization.

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In addition to Bogan’s location of death, her mode and manner of death are also unknown, according to the coroner’s office. Brain matter used for toxicology testing indicted Bogan was positive for 342 mg/g of methamphetamine at the time of her death.

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Police now say they believe Lindsay Bogan was killed in the basement of a Wodlawn residence

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An incomplete skeleton was recovered from the field during hours of searching by police, deputies and the coroner’s office. An examination of the remains by forensic anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Murray indicates there was no trauma observed in the remains that would have occurred at or near the time of death.

“The case and manner of death cannot be determined,” Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix said in her report.

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Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve pointed to the autopsy report, which shows meth in Bogan’s body, and the unknown cause of death as reasons the case may not be a homicide.

“There is no indication Lindsay Bogan is a homicide,” Reeve said. “There is just no evidence of that. When her body was found, it was just bones, and there are no markings on the body, that I know of, to indicate perhaps there is a shot or a stabbing or anything like that. Nothing to indicate foul play.”