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Police: DNA tests confirm bones were missing woman's

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MINERVA -- The human remains recovered from woods off Wilson Road earlier this month have been identified as those of June Collard, police said.

DNA tests performed on material taken from bones found on the former property of Collard and her husband, State Police announced Friday.

The remote, wooded tract in Olmstedville was the site of the Collard family mobile home in 1980.

The ex-husband, Thomas A. Collard, 62, was arrested in Alabama on July 20 after he confessed to killing his wife, State Police said. Police had gone there to question him after developing new evidence in the case, officials said. That evidence has not been publicly disclosed.

When reporting her missing in 1980, Thomas Collard had told police he believed his wife, the mother of three young children, had run away with another man.

He is being held in Essex County Jail without bail on a charge of second-degree murder. Police said he told them he punched her before she died, then buried her body on the property where they lived.

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