Human remains found on a property near Etna have been identified as Joann Hakes, a Pocatello, Idaho, native who had been living in Afton at the time of her 2015 disappearance.

Hakes' remains were found May 18 and identified through an investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Wyoming State Crime Lab and Lincoln County Coroner’s Office, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. An Idaho State Journal article stated she had been last seen Jan. 3, 2015, leaving the Silver Stream Lodge near Afton with two men and carrying only her debit card. She left behind her cellphone, purse, car and clothes.

The sheriff's office press release said a Chubbuck, Idaho, man, Ronald Todd Weerheim, had been arrested in connection with the case after agents served a search warrant at his Chubbuck home. Weerheim is in custody at the Bannock County, Idaho, jail awaiting extradition to Lincoln County for the alleged crimes of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and kidnapping.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 307-885-5231, ext. 2, or the Lincoln County Attorney's Office at 307-885-0164.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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