Remains of woman missing since 2015 found in Wyoming; suspect arrested

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says that they are investigating the remains of a person found on property near the Wyoming community of Etna.

A statement from the LCSO says that the remains were found on May 18, 2019.

Officials say that the remains were positively identified as a missing person, Joann Hakes, who was last seen near Thayne Wyoming  on January 3, 2015.

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On June 4, 2019, agents from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and law enforcement from the LCSO executed a search warrant in Chubbuck, Idaho and an arrest was made.

Wyoming investigators along with Idaho law enforcement agencies assisted with the execution of an arrest warrant on a suspect.

The suspect, identified as Ronald Todd Weerheim, was arrested on a recommended charge of Felony First Degree Murder, Felony Second Degree Murder, and Kidnapping.

Weerheim is reportedly being held at the Bannock County, Idaho Detention Center, and is awaiting extradition to Lincoln County, Wyoming.

Lincoln County Officials are asking anyone with information on the case to call them at 307-885-5231 ext. 2.

An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of the victim. It has been corrected. Oil City News regrets the error.