Body found in Richmond, Ky. identified as Campbell County woman

Melissa Steffen
Melissa Steffen

RICHMOND, KY (FOX19) - Police have identified a decomposed body found in a home in Richmond, Ky. as a missing Campbell County woman.

Melissa Steffen, of Butler, was last seen at a Salvation Army shelter in Madison County on May 17, 2010.

Her body was found in a home in Richmond on Oct. 22. The Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office used dental records to identify her. Steffen's family in Butler was notified on Tuesday afternoon.

The Madison County Coroner's Office determined her death to not be a homicide. Her exact cause of death remains under investigation. Police told the Richmond Register newspaper that she had been in the home for a few months. She was found after a man was looking through the residence looking for items to sell.

Steffen had been staying at the Liberty House in Richmond after serving a six-month sentence for prescription drug-related charges.

She left the Liberty House and staff members found her wandering "aimlessly down the road," but Liberty House policy does not allow residents who leave to come back for 72 hours. Steffen stayed at the Salvation Army shelter the whole 72 hours, but no one had heard from her since she left the shelter.

Her mother reported her missing.

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