Remains of Missing Greeley Girl Found 34 Years Later


Construction crews who were excavating for a pipe line in rural Weld County this past Tuesday unearthed bones that were then investigated by Weld County Sheriff's Office, the Weld County Coroner's office, and the Greeley Police Department. According to Channel 7 News-Denver, Greeley Police identified the remains as belonging to Jonelle Matthews of Greeley who disappeared from the family home on December 20, 1984.

According to the Coloradoan, Jonelle was dropped off at her home by a friend and her friend's father after a Christmas choir performance with the Franklin Middle School Honor Choir. Nobody was at the home at the time as her father was attending his other daughter's and Jonelle's sister's basketball game. Upon her Father's return, Jonelle's shoes were in the living room and the television was still on, but no one was in the home. While there were no signs of a struggle, police believe she was forcibly taken. There were never any arrests made in connection to the investigation. Just this past December, marking the 34th anniversary of the abduction, Greeley police released new photo's and video from the night of the disappearance in hopes of keeping the case going and developing new leads. According to Channel 7 News-Denver, authorities believe that folks in the community have information that have yet to share with police.

If anybody has information to share, you can call the Greeley Police at 970-351-5100.