Riley County police on Friday confirmed that the body recently discovered at Konza Prairie was a woman who had been reported missing.
Riley County Police Department officials said autopsy and dental analysis results received Friday showed the woman found was Nicole Grothe, 38, of Manhattan.
Police said there is no indication of “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death, but the investigation by RCPD and the Army Criminal Investigative Division is ongoing.
Law authorities on July 22 posted public notices for information regarding the whereabouts of Grothe, who was a warrant officer at Fort Riley. She had not been heard from since the previous weekend, but people said they thought she had last been on the Konza Prairie Nature Trail. Search teams found her body along the trail later that morning.
Grothe had been assigned to Fort Riley since March. She also previously served in the Republic of Korea with the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
“It is with great sadness we acknowledge confirmation from law enforcement that the body of Warrant Officer Nicole Grothe, one of our soldiers, was found in an area she loved to hike,” Col. Bryan Chivers, commander of 1st Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, said in a statement. “A self-starter, Nicole arrived to our unit in March and immediately integrated into our operations section.
“She embraced our team-of-teams philosophy and quickly earned the trust of her section. Nicole’s commitment to our unit was instantly evident and we will cherish the time we served with her. Our condolences go out to Nicole’s family, friends, and teammates.”
Grothe entered the Army in 2007 from Lacey, Washington.