Remains of missing Arizona woman discovered in El Paso

Remains of missing Arizona woman discovered in El Paso
Yavapai County Sheriff

POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 4:08pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:17pm

The remains of an Arizona woman who has been missing for five years were reportedly discovered in El Paso last week.

Kristal Forest, who was 64 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in Prescott, Arizona on March 29, 2009. Forest was moving from Cottonwood, AZ to Austin, TX with the help of a friend, 57-year-old Robert Reed.

Forest was never heard from again and her two dogs, which were also with her, are also missing. The U-Haul trailer that Forest's 1997 Nissan Pathfinder was towing was returned to a U-Haul facility on North Main St. in Las Cruces at about 2 a.m. on April 2, 2009.

Reed was located in August of 2009 and reportedly gave authorities conflicting information as to Forest's whereabouts. He was also in possession of her Pathfinder that the pair left Arizona with.

Last month, Reed pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Forest's case. As a condition of the plea, Reed agreed to tell Yavapai County Sheriff's investigators where Forest's remains could be located.

Last week, with the help of local authorities including EPPD's Crime Scene Unit, El Paso Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers, YCSO detectives were able to recover human remains believed to be Forest's approximately three miles north of I-10 near the Fabens exit in east El Paso County.

DNA testing must be completed to confirm that the remains discovered are in fact those of Forest, but the physical evidence stongly indicates that the remains are those of  the missing woman.

YCSO spokesperson Dwight D' Evelyn told NewsChannel 9 that Forests' two dogs are still missing and they are hoping that someone in El Paso may know where they are. The dogs were rescued from India, and are described as tan Labradors with longer legs than typical American-bred Labradors. D' Evelyn says that he believes the dogs may have been left somewhere around the truck stop off of I-10 near Fabens.

Anyone with information on Forest's two dogs are asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260.



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