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Remains identified as University of Minn. student missing since 1970

The remains found in an abandoned Minnesota home have been identified as missing Gloria Rieken who went missing in 1970.

Gloria Rieken 18, was attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 1970. She was last seen leaving her apartment on University Avenue going to class on November 16.

The abandoned home on Keystone Road where Gloria’s remains were found had burned down 49 years ago. Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge said since the home was abandoned and the blaze was not threatening to spread, the fire department did not respond. It was a neighbor who was going through the house after the fire that found the remains that were later buried as a Jane Doe.

In August 2018, the case was reopened and DNA was taken from the remains, that was matched to Gloria’s family who had their DNA on file since 2013. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced a match Wednesday. 

“We are asking the public’s help for any information they may provide to help determine what may have happened to Gloria,” Lorge said.

According to the BCA, there are DNA profiles for 50 unidentified people waiting for a match in Minnesota. They’re asking family members to come forward and provide their own samples. To get the process started, contact Minnesota Missing & Unidentified Persons Clearinghouse manager Kris Rush at kris.rush@state.mn.us or 651-793-1118.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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