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Skeletal remains found in Southwest Louisiana identified as missing Beaumont woman

Authorities received a call around 1:30 p.m. Thursday saying a person saw what appeared to be skeletal remains in a shallow grave.

VINTON, La. — The remains found Thursday near Vinton, La, have been identified as a missing Beaumont woman.

The Skeletal remains have been identified as Kayla Rice according to Beaumont Police Friday morning.

Police say family of the 33-year-old woman, who was last seen in late November, have been notified.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said authorities received a call around 1:30 p.m. Thursday saying a person on Ged Road saw what appeared to be skeletal remains in a shallow grave, KPLC reports. 

The Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case alongside the Beaumont Police Department and the FBI.

She was reported missing in December by an out-of-state relative. Police say her vehicle  was “physically altered” when it was located.

RELATED: 33-year-old Beaumont woman reported missing since November

Rice was six months pregnant in November, according to the department. Detectives said they’ve interviewed several known associates but have not been able to locate Kayla.

Rice was last known to be living in the 1100 block of McFaddin Ave in Beaumont.

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