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Missing no more: Dental X-ray determines positive I.D. of Danenberg




Cayla Danenberg

Human remains discovered along the Salmon River last week have been positively identified – based on dental records — as those of Cayla A. Danenberg, missing since a 2016 vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 95.

According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS), investigators consulted with Dr. Richard Fixott, DDS, a forensic odontologist located in Redmond, Ore. Dr. Fixott believed enough of the teeth remained for a forensic review. 

Last Thursday, Oct. 26, Dr. Fixott determined there was an X-ray match for a positive identification of the remains with Danenberg. 

Danenberg and her companion, Tiffany Maupin, were involved in a car crash on May 17, 2016, into the Salmon River two miles north of John Day on U.S. 95. Maupin’s body was recovered 11 days later. Last week, Oct. 23, ICSO officers and Idaho County Coroner Cody Funke recovered human remains on the Salmon River near the bridge connecting Graves Creek Road with Rice Creek Road.

ICSO expressed its thanks to NAMUS and Dr. Fixott for their assistance and swift action in helping to identify Danenberg.


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