Body discovered along Oklahoma interstate one year ago is identified

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HINTON, Okla. – More than a year after a body was discovered near Hinton, authorities have identified the victim.

On April 7, 2015, a Department of Transportation worker was clearing brush along I-40 near Hinton when he discovered a body in a nearby ditch.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the body was badly decomposed, making it difficult for investigators to determine the victim’s race and gender.

However, several pieces of jewelry were discovered with the body.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced that they had positively identified the victim as 24-year-old Veneranda Flores.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office matched the victim’s DNA to a missing person’s case out of New Mexico.

Authorities say Flores was reported missing by her family in New Mexico on Dec. 21, 2014.

While retracing her steps recently, police arrested 40-year-old Juan Gonzalez at his Arizona apartment for unlawful disposal of a human body.

At the time of Flores’ disappearance, Gonzalez was working as a long-haul truck driver for a trucking company out of Arizona.