LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than a week after human remains were discovered in Boyle County and the possibility of them being connected to the Andrea Knabel case, family members now say they have received an update from authorities.
Erin Knabel told WHAS11 News the family learned Tuesday the remains are not Andrea’s.
“We are praying for peace and healing for her loved ones,” in a statement sent to WHAS11 News.
Kentucky State Police said those human skeletal remains were discovered in a field off Craintown Road in Perryville around Jan. 20. The believed the remains of the female had been dead for three to five years.
The Knabel family was contacted shortly after that development.
A forensic dentist was brought in to help authorities determine if dental records of Andrea’s matched the skeletal remains. After days of waiting, they were not.
Kentucky State Police said on Tuesday, the remains were of 49-year-old Anna Cummins of Perryville. They are asking anyone if they have information regarding this case, to contact Post 7 at (859) 623-2404
Police say Cummins' family didn't report her missing to law enforcement.
"She was not reported missing to law enforcement and so during the course of all this, we treat all of our death investigations the same way as we would a homicide investigation because our goal in doing that is presenting family with answers they deserve in a death investigation," KSP Trooper Justin Kearney said. "Our goal is always to bring closure to these families."
Through it all, Knabel's family is still holding out hope.
"I would rather look for ten more years and end up finding her alive than finding out right now with her not being with us anymore," Erin Knabel said in a Jan. 23 interview.
Knabel has been missing since the early morning hours of Aug. 19 when she left her sister’s home in the Audubon Park area.