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ID of woman found buried not yet confirmed

GRANDVIEW - The identity of a woman's body found buried in a Grandview back yard late last week has yet to be confirmed.

Last Thursday, 63-year-old Daniel Sauber walked into the Grandview Police Department and told officers he had a killed a woman five years ago and buried her body behind his house at 471 Hickory Rd. in Grandview. Sauber identified the woman only has "Sharon."

Yakima County Coroner Maury Rice said he is awaiting DNA results or the location of dental records before a positive identification can be made on the body, which was found buried in the back yard of the Grandview residence.

Rice said initial results from an autopsy done Tuesday showed evidence that the woman may have been assaulted. Rice said it looked as though the skull was fractured and the woman may have had a broken rib.

According to Rice, it will take two to three weeks to get DNA results back. He added that if dental records can be found, a positive identification on the body could come sooner.

Police are trying to determine if the body is that of Sharon Lee Mason. According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, the Grandview Police Department had taken a missing person report about a one year ago for a woman named Sharon Lee Mason, whom family members hadn't had contact with since 2000.

Sauber is being arraigned today (Wednesday) in Yakima County Superior Court on second degree murder charges.

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