The bodies found Sunday night at Lake Manawa are those of a woman and boy, according to a spokeswoman for the FBI.
Authorities were waiting for autopsy results before releasing the victims' names. But the discovery of the two bodies follows a weeklong search for a Plattsmouth, Neb., mother and son — Charlotte Schilling, 41, and 10-year-old Owen.
Schilling's car was found abandoned May 11 at Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs. The Plattsmouth police chief said last week that “we have no evidence of foul play whatsoever” in the case.
Authorities on Monday were not saying how the woman and boy discovered Sunday night had died. Sandy Breault, an FBI spokeswoman based in Omaha, said that the bodies had decomposed too much to make immediate identifications and that autopsies were necessary.
Plattsmouth and Council Bluffs police officers searched Lake Manawa and the surrounding recreation area May 14 but found no evidence of the Schillings. A boat from Plattsmouth Fire and Rescue equipped with side sonar also was used in the search.
Bluffs authorities said Monday that police did not search the area where the bodies were found Sunday evening. They described it as a fairly remote spot popular with mushroom hunters.
Sgt. Dave Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Department said the identifications would probably be released this morning.
Surveillance cameras recorded Schilling and Owen shopping at two stores the day before the mother's car was found at Lake Manawa.
Plattsmouth Police Chief Steve Rathman said officers found the contents of Schilling's purse, including her cellphone, dumped out in the trunk. He said a forensics expert looked over the car and found nothing out of the ordinary.
No Amber Alert was issued because, police said, there was nothing to indicate Charlotte Schilling was a danger to the boy.
Carl Schilling, Charlotte's husband, said last week that he wasn't surprised that his wife's car would be found at Lake Manawa. He would often meet her there during his lunch hour. She also was known to fish at the lake.
Schilling also said the incident was out of character for his wife and he didn't know of anything that was upsetting her. He described his wife as a stay-at-home mother who is extremely protective of her three children.
World-Herald staff writer Roseann Moring contributed to this article, which contains material from the Associated Press.
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