Burned human remains identified as missing teen from Minnesota

The bones were found on her mom's Missouri farm.

The skeletal remains found on a farm in Ozark County, Missouri, two weeks ago have been identified as a former Minnesota teen who went missing last month. 

Before her disappearance, 16-year-old Savannah Leckie had been staying at the property with her biological mother, who is now considered a suspect in the case alongside her boyfriend, KY3 reports. 

Savannah's remains were found on Aug. 10 in a burn pit. 

Update: Leckie's mother has been charged. You can read the more recent story here.

According to the Ozark County Times, Savannah's mother gave her up for adoption at birth but was still in contact with her as well as the adoptive parents, who lived in Park Rapids, Minnesota. 

About a year ago, Savannah went to live with her biological mother in Longrun, Missouri, because of "problems she had at home" in Minnesota, include issues related to autism, the paper says. 

When she was reported missing in July, authorities initially thought she might have run home to Minnesota to be with family members. 

But on Wednesday, Aug. 9, Ozark County authorities found charred bones while executing a search warrant on her mother's property.

On Monday, the local sheriff confirmed the remains as those of the missing girl.

According to the Star Tribune, jail records show Savannah's mother has now been taken into custody. 

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