DENVER, Iowa --- Police in Missouri are investigating the suspicious death of a former Denver and Waverly woman whose body was found in a ravine last week.
A passerby discovered the body of 35-year-old Tangela Ann Fisher, formerly known as Tangela Griese, of St. Joseph, Mo., on Friday, according to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office.
The remains were discovered near Dye Store Road outside of Weston, Mo., which is along the Missouri River between the cities of St. Joseph and Kansas City.
Deputies said it wasn’t clear how long Fisher had been dead.
News accounts in Missouri showed a heavy police presence around the scene, and the sheriff’s office requested the assistance of the Kansas City Metro Squad.
Family members were shocked when they heard the news, said Kathy Griese, Fisher’s stepmother from Denver.
“The police aren’t saying much, and the body hasn’t been released... They are taking it hard,” Griese said.
Fisher was born and raised in the Denver area and graduated from Denver High School in 1996, Griese said. She also lived in Waverly, according to Courier records, and moved to Missouri around 1999. She had three children, ages 6 to 15.
Griese said Fisher wasn’t stable, had been divorced in August and was living at an apartment for abused women in St. Joseph. Her children were living with other relatives. Media accounts in Missouri said she was suffering from bipolar disorder.
It wasn’t clear when Fisher was last seen alive.
Her brother, who also lives in Missouri, had talked to her over the Labor Day weekend, Griese said, and Fisher had been phoning her youngest son, but one day the called just stopped.
According to the sheriff’s office, the discovery of Fisher’s remains came a day after the body of an unidentified man in his 20s or 30s was recovered from the Missouri River near Waldron, Mo., about 20 miles to the south.
The causes of death haven’t been determined, and it wasn’t clear if the two deaths were related.