Northshore authorities say the bones that children found in woods are those of a woman missing nearly five years.
"Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports this morning that authorities have positively identified the human remains," Spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.
She says the bones found near Loranger were those of missing person Dena Fout.
"A portion of Dena's skeletal remains were found in the early morning hours of May 21, 2014, by several boys as they were frog hunting in a wooded area," according to Panepinto. "Dena Fout was last seen outside of her Loranger residence on August 4, 2009."
She was 41 years old at the time of her disappearance.
"Countless man hours have gone into investigating Dena's disappearance. With many reports and tips throughout the years that Dena was still alive; detectives have never able to verify Dena's whereabouts until yesterday."
Panepinto says now detectives are working to determine a cause and time of death.
"Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information regarding Dena's death to please come forward. Crime Stoppers is a safe and anonymous way for the public to convey pertinent case information to authorities at any time. Crime Stoppers tips can be place through calling 800.554.5245."