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Identity of skeletal remains found along Vermillion River confirmed

The skeletal remains of a body found in Hastings on Jan. 15 have been identified.

The remains are those of Diane Kusick, a Hastings woman who was seen jumping into the Vermillion River in July 2011. Kusick was seen by several bystanders entering the river above the falls. She then went over the falls.

In January, her remains were found by an outdoorsman along the river.

The DNA of those remains was tested by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and compared to her immediate family members. A match was confirmed Thursday.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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