DNA testing confirmed that a body found in the Columbia landfill in September is that of Megan Shultz, who disappeared in 2006, the Columbia Police Department stated in a news release issued late Friday evening.
Testing by a private lab found a 99.99 percent match to Shultz, the release stated.
The search for Shultz was launched after her husband at the time of her disappearance, Keith Comfort, went to the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Police Department on Aug. 4 – the anniversary of her death – and confessed to her murder. He admitted that he had killed her at their apartment on Amelia Street in Columbia and placed her body in a dumpster.
Until that time, Comfort had maintained that his wife left after an argument about a drug deal.
Comfort was extradited to Boone County and is being held in the Boone County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder. His bond is set at $1 million, cash-only.
"We are thankful to have reached a point in this investigation where we can definitively tell Megan’s family that we have found her,'' Police Chief Geoff Jones said in the release. “Our thoughts are with them and we stand with them as we go through the prosecution phase of this process.”
Comfort was found during a landfill search that began by mapping the areas of the 107-acre landfill that were used in 2006, then using operating records to narrow the search to an area of approximately four acres.
At the time the remains were found, Columbia police detectives told her mother, Debra Shultz, that the body was found with the clothing and jewelry she was wearing when she disappeared.
No trial date has been set for Comfort.