Human remains found near river identified as missing West Fargo woman

Published: Aug. 28, 2019 at 12:47 PM CDT
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Fargo Police announced Thursday morning that the human remains found near the river in south Fargo last week are those of 32-year-old Brenda Kartes.

Fargo Police said the remains were found near the river on August 22nd in the 2100 block of 5th St. S in Fargo.

Brenda’s skeletal remains were found by employees of a nearby cemetery which they say, were in plain view. Police say her death is suspicious in nature and are continuing to investigate. They say they believe there are people who have additional information on her death. They are urging anyone who knows anything in her disappearance or death to contact them.

Police say they do not have a cause of death because the medical examiner couldn’t find one.

Kartes was last seen around 1:30 p.m. on July 12, 2018, in the area around 3501 Westrac Drive in Fargo, North Dakota. There were differing accounts that indicate she may have been headed toward Lindenwood Park and/or Texas.

On the one year-anniversary of Kartes' disappearance, her family told Valley News Live that in the days prior to her disappearance, Kartes told them she was scared. Her family said they didn’t know what was causing it, but Kartes told them she was very worried and fearful.

“She was extremely scared of something. We tried to ask more into it and she wouldn’t say anything,” Brenda's mom, Lynn Kartes said.

This is a developing story. Stick with Valley News Live for updates.