Autopsies on bodies found near Lake Manawa continue


May 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Council Bluffs reported late Monday evening that the State Medical Examiner’s Lab in Ankeny was unable to positively identifiy the remains of an adult female and young male who were found near Lake Manawa Sunday. Council Bluffs Police say the task of identifying the deceased is being made more difficult due to the condition of their remains. Officials say the Medical Examiner is continuing to use scientific identification techniques to obtain a postive I.D., but there is no time frame available as to how long that process may take. 

Authorities are seeking to determine whether the bodies are those of 41-year-old Charlotte Schilling and her 10-year-old son, Owen, who have been missing from their home in Plattsmouth, Neb., since May 10th.  Police say Schilling’s vehicle was found near Lake Manawa, which is located just south of Council Bluffs. Schilling’s wallet and cellphone were in the car.