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Missing woman's remains found near SUV in Barry County soybean field

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 17:03:01-04

MAPLE GROVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deputies have identified human remains found in a soybean field in Barry County as belonging to Rachel Hazen, who was reported missing in July.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office says a silver 2005 Ford Escape believed to be driven by Rachel Lynn Hazen was found in a soybean field in Maple Grove Township on Tuesday with help from a Michigan State Police helicopter.

The sheriff’s office says their K-9 along with two MSP K-9s also found human remains near the Ford Escape.

The remains have now been identified as Rachel Hazen.

Hazen, 41, was last seen Wednesday, July 21 at about 2 p.m. in Castleton Township.

Law enforcement says she left her son’s home on Wednesday afternoon and was seen by a neighbor at her home later that day.

At 11:05 a.m. Monday, a close friend of Hazen’s contacted law enforcement because they had not seen nor heard from her.

Hazen was driving a 2005 Ford Escape, which was silver and did not have a license plate.

Anyone with information may contact the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at 269-948-4801 or Barry County Central Dispatch at 269-948-4800.