Kiser, 61, was extradited from West Virginia last month, where she is also charged with two felony counts of concealing human remains.
The remains, found in a storage unit belonging to Kiser in West Virginia, are believed to be Mary Cobb and Wynona Delvecchio, a mother and daughter who went missing from Jasper in 2002. The women, who were 104 and 83 years old, respectively, were checked out of their nursing home by Kiser, a former neighbor. The women went missing in 2002 and no sign of them was found until a skull was found under their former residence last year. The skull was that of a “frail elderly woman” according to District Attorney Bill Adair at the time.
Warren said the report from the University of Texas, who studied the mitochondrial DNA of the skull, said it was a familial DNA match to Cobb and Delvecchio, but could not determine which of the women it belonged to. The remains in West Virginia are said to be one full set of skeletal remains and one set that is missing the skull.
The Head of the Physical Anthropology Division for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Douglas Owsley, has been asked to examine the remains found in the storage unit and has now also received the skull found in Jasper. He is working in conjunction with the West Virginia medical examiners office to attempt to determine an identification and cause of death for the remains.
Warren said they hope Owsley’s report will be completed soon, to begin shedding light on a case that veteran local law enforcement officers have called one of the most bizarre in their careers.
Kiser reportedly attempted suicide just prior to her arrest in West Virginia, according to state authorities. Warren was unsure if these recent ailments were related to the incident. This is her second or third hospitalization since returning to Alabama in early October.
Kiser is being held on a $500,000 bond, set by Walker County Circuit Judge Jerry Selman.