RCPD confirms Ashley Meiss' body found in Ogden

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Riley Co. Police Dept. has confirmed Ashley Meiss' body was found in a wooded area near Ogden over the weekend.

Ashley Meiss (Source: Riley Co. Police Dept.)

Meiss' body was located around 3 p.m. on Saturday in the 300 block of North Park Road, RCPD said. Her father, Tom Meiss, previously told 13 NEWS it was in a wooded area behind her apartment complex.

Randi Dunning lives in the same neighborhood and said her kids found the body when they went looking for kittens.

"They couldn't catch him so a gentleman, Antoine, came out and offered to help them look for the cat," Dunning said. "The boys came back out of the woods and said they were told that there were snakes and Antoine later came out and said they he had found a skull."

Dunning called authorities and when she learned it was a person, she asked if it was Meiss.

"I had asked the investigator if she thought it was Ashley," Dunning said. "She said, 'More than likely, she's the only person missing in our area.'"

Investigators said an autopsy showed no evidence of foul play. Some neighbors don't believe that is true.

"I just don't understand, you know, with the dogs and K-9 units and everything," Alayna Degurchy, a friend of Meiss, said. "I just don't understand why it took them six months to find her body."

They plan to forward the results of their investigation to the Riley Co. attorney for review, which they called standard procedure.

Meiss has been missing for five months. Officers say Meiss went for a jog near her home on the day she disappeared.

RCPD said it was not going to release any other information about the circumstances surrounding her death at this time.

Degurchy and other friends set up a memorial in her honor at the entrance to the trail where her body was found.