OZARK, Mo.--(08/09/2017) According to the Ozark County Times, Savannah Leckie, age 16, was reported as missing by her biological mother Rebecca Ruud July 20th. Ruud told officers that Savannah was in her bed at 11 p.m. July 19th, but when Ruud awoke at 8 a.m. the next day, Savannah was gone.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed confirmed today that burned skeletal remains have been found on the property of Rebecca Ruud, the biological mother of missing 16-year-old Savannah Leckie. The autistic teen from the Longrun/Ocie area has been missing from her home off County Road 905 since July 20.
A forensics expert is analyzing the DNA from the bones, and an odontologist, a scientist specializing in dental identification, is analyzing multiple teeth that were also found. Reed emphasized that officers cannot comment as to who the remains belong to until the experts release their findings, which could take "some time," he said.
Officers with the Ozark County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol reportedly executed a search warrant on the property Friday, Aug. 4th, and discovered the human remains in a burn pile exactly 1,206 feet from the home that Leckie and Ruud lived in. Authorities executed three additional search warrants on the property today.