Crystal Terpening: Remains Identified in Alton

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The body parts found last week in a wooded lot in Alton have been identified as those of Cyrstal Terpening, a 26-year-old woman who disappeared from her southwestern Illinois home in mid-October.

Police are investigating her death as a homicide and have yet to name a suspect or motive in her murder. Some have speculated that she was run over by a train and her body parts then scattered about the lot. 

Terpening had a troubled past. Since 2001 she's been charged and/or accused of felony theft, drug possession, forgery, probation violations and assault.

Anyone with information about her disappearance and death is asked to contact the Major Case Squad at 618-296-4478. Anonymous tips can also be left at 618-296-3000.

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