Authorities work to identify bones in missing Mo. teen case – Arkansas News

Authorities work to identify bones in missing Mo. teen case – Arkansas News

JOSH DOOLEY, jdooley@baxterbulletin.com
Published 5:34 p.m. CT Aug. 11, 2017 | Updated 7:47 p.m. CT Aug. 11, 2017

The case of missing Ozark County 16-year-old Savannah Leckie now centers on the identification of bones and teeth found on her biological mother’s 81 acre northern Ozark County farm.

Leckie began living with her biological mother 11 months ago after having lived with an adoptive family in Minnesota since her birth.

On July 20, her biological mother Rebecca Ruud reported Leckie as missing. She told the Ozark County, Mo., Sheriff’s Office that Leckie was last seen the night of July 19 at approximately 11:00 p.m.

According to court documents, Leckie was living in a trailer on the farm while Ruud and her now husband Robert Peat Jr. lived in a metal building on the property. The couple were married Aug. 4, the same day authorities first found bones believed to be human on the Ruud farm.

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed organized a large search party that included personnel from his agency, volunteer firefighters, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft flown by an Ozark County deputy.

As the search continued over the course of several days, Reed said in a news release that Ruud became increasingly agitated that law enforcement wanted to keep searching her farm.

Meanwhile, searchers found no evidence of Leckie in the surrounding area and multiple leads never…

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