Bones found in DeSoto Co. identified

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Dental records have helped identify the skeletal remains found in August in the Coldwater River bottoms as those of a 21-year-old Memphis dancer.

Family members said Lusk, 21, was a dancer at Christie's Cabaret in Memphis.  She disappeared the night of March 25, 2007.

"She would not have just disappeared on us like this, so we are thinking abduction, but we don't have the proof right now," said Lusk's aunt, Ricara Thomas.  "But all the evidence leads to that."

Police say Lusk had left the club with two men the night of March 25 and was last seen at the Trails Apartments in Memphis.

Lusk's remains were found August 9. Her bones were found wrapped in an old blanket by two men who were scavenging for scrap metal in the Coldwater River bottoms off Byhalia Road in DeSoto County.

"They were walking around in this wooded area and there was a blanket rolled up on the ground," DeSoto County Coroner Jeffery Pounders said. "One of them kicked the blanket, and when he did, the skull rolled out of the blanket."

Lusk's remains are now at the Mississippi state crime lab in Jackson, where investigators hope they will yield clues about how she died.

"They will be examined to see if they can find any type of injuries to the skeletal remains to try to come up with some type of cause of death," Pounders said.

In the meantime, what happened to Lusk remains a mystery.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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