NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — The New Port Richey Police Department confirmed Friday that a missing woman’s remains were found last month.
On Dec. 15, 2021, Ruth “Eydie” Cecala, 75, disappeared from her home in New Port Richey after not leaving her home for two years.
At the time of her disappearance, police said Cecala told her husband that she was going to a park and downtown, but she did not take her wallet or the cash her husband left for her.
According to police, Cecala made statements that she was depressed about her age and did not want to live.
For over a year, police looked for the missing 75-year-old until skeletal remains were found in the woods off of Plathe Road earlier this year.
Detective Sgt. Greg Williams said a survey crew found the remains in the area of 8031 Plathe Road, which was scheduled to be cleared out for new home construction. A medical examiner identified the remains as belonging to Cecada.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family,” the police department said. “Thank you to our citizens for providing leads, supporting, and continue sharing our posts about Ruth. We appreciate all the public interest in this case.”
At this time, there is no sign of foul play, but Williams said the case is still under investigation.