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DNA results confirm Hannah Zehner Brim's remains discovered near Gainesville last year

Officers pray after finding remains in a marsh last year. DNA testing confirmed the remains were of Hannah Zehner Brim. 

Authorities say DNA results confirm remains found in a marsh near Gainesville almost a year ago are those of 23-year-old Hannah Zehner Brim.

Brim is believed to have been about five months pregnant when she disappeared in January 2016. She was last seen riding in a vehicle driven by her boyfriend, Nelson Armas.

Armas was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in September. About two weeks later divers with multiple agencies found the remains in a swampy area near railroad tracks about 2 miles northwest of Orange Heights. Officers believed they were Brim's remains but needed further testing to make sure.

Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias said the remains, along with DNA standards from Brim's son and mother, were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.

A report dated August 17th confirmed the remains were Brim's, Tobias said. The report indicated a certainty of approximately 286.8 trillion to 1, he said.

Armas is still being held without bond in the Alachua County Jail.


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