A badly decomposed body was found Monday in a wooded area off Moselem Church Road in Richmond Township, authorities said.
The skeletal remains could not be immediately identified, according to Terri L. Straka, Berks County deputy coroner.
Straka said she could not determine if the body was male or female.
An autopsy will be performed today in Reading Hospital, she said.
Fleetwood police are investigating, Chief Ray Nester said.
Fragments of clothing were found at the scene, he said.
"They're probably going to have to use dental records to identify the body," Nester said.
Hunters discovered the body in a heavily wooded area about 300 yards off the 100 block of Moselem Church Road, Nester said.
In August, Janine M. Todt, 42, whose residence is in the 200 block of Moselem Church Road, was reported missing in the area, Nester said. She had not been found as of Monday.
At the time, Fleetwood police reported that Todt suffered from a sleeping disorder and walked in the area near her home at night.
Volunteer firefighters and police, including K-9 units and officers on horseback, called off the search after combing the area for several days.
Decomposed body found in Richmond Township
Previous post for Janine Todt HERE
Autopsy confirms that the remains found on Monday are indeed those of Janine Todt.
A body found in a wooded area off Moselem Church Road in Richmond Township was identified Wednesday as that of a 43-year-old township woman who had been reported missing three months ago, officials in the Berks County coroner's office said.
The skeletal remains of Janine Todt were found by hunters Monday on the property of Moselem Springs Golf Club, authorities said.
After an autopsy failed to identify the remains, the coroner's office called in a forsenics expert to make the identification using dental records, Coroner Dennis J. Hess said.
The cause and manner of Todt's death have not yet been determined, Hess said. He said his office has ordered further tests as part of the investigation.
Fleetwood police also are continuing to investigate.
Todt, who had lived nearby in the 200 block of Moselem Church Road, had been reported missing in August.
At the time, police said she suffered from a sleeping disorder and walked in the area near her home at night.
Body found in Richmond Township identified as that of missing woman
Author: Chris Skipper
On Sunday August 10 Station 33 was alerted to Richmond Township in the area of Schwoyer and Moselem Church Roads to search for a missing person. Upon arrival it was discovered that a 42 year old female, Janine Todt, was missing. She had left the home that she was staying at early that morning. Station 33 requested assistance from other area companies including Walnuttown, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Kempton, Fleetwood Ambulance and Goodwill Fire Company of Hyde Park. A large amount of help and resources was also given by Middle Creek Search and Rescue, Station 1-14 from Lancaster County. Food was also provided by the Salvation Army and numerous other volunteers assisted. The search lasted all day Sunday and part of Monday, and the missing person was never found. The search was coordinated using ATV patrols, road patrols, search dogs, and horses. The Virginville Fire Company would like to thank all of the assisting companies, assisting organizations, and assisting individuals for their help. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Janine Todt, please contact the Fleetwood Police Department at 610-944-7011.
8-19-08-Search and Rescue Mission
Some might think that at least now there is some closure for the searching family. To be honest, I don't believe there really is a total 'closure.'
Instead, there's a family left behind, seeking for ways to cope with the pain caused by the unexpected loss of a loved one.
~Prayers to the family~