The 45-year-old Rice had ties to Columbia and Harrisburg. Boone County Sheriff’s Captain Brian Leer tells 939 the Eagle that the remains were discovered in a strip pit.
“Which is just a, basically a body of water that’s left over from the old mining days there in Rocky Fork Conservation Area,” Leer says.
The state Department of Conservation’s Rocky Fork Lakes area is six miles north of Columbia, near Highway 63. The 2,200 acre facility is remote, with many steep slopes.
Meantime, deputies are tight-lipped about the investigation into Rice’s death.
“The investigation is ongoing. We can’t really comment much as to the parts of the investigation because it’s an active investigation at this time,” says Leer.
Captain Leer says the area where the remains were discovered are so rugged that a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy broke his foot on Sunday.
He says Rice’s remains have been turned over to the Boone County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.