A death investigation has Henderson Police waiting on DNA evidence to figure out what killed a woman. Five days after the body was found, it sits in the coroner's lab.

Henderson Police say they got involved because the body may be one of their missing persons cases. The question is whether the body is that of Mariela Moreno, missing since New Year's Eve.

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The coroner's office has been working since last week to determine who this woman is. Found near Sunset Park, the woman's body may shed light on the missing 20-year-old. Police aren't saying who they think the woman is, but the coroner is hoping to find out.

"We're working very hard. Our staff is putting in long hours to try to identify this decedent and we're doing everything we can, from the fingerprint route to the DNA route," said Assistant Coroner John Fudenberg.

Fudenberg says 99-percent of the time they are able to identify someone in the first 24 hours.

"When we have a good idea on who it is, we'll use aggressive means to identify them. We'll get DNA from their family right away," he said.

It's been more than two months since 20-year-old Mariela Moreno went missing. Her boyfriend, Isidro Munoz, said he dropped her off after a New Years Eve party. She was never seen again.

Munoz has since gone to Mexico and Mariela's sister fears the worst.

"Where is she? We want to know what happened with her," said Mariela's sister Monica Moreno.

Police said they can't yet consider him a suspect because there was no evidence that a crime had been committed.

"In this case, we're at a point where we don't have any more evidence that points us in a new direction," said Henderson Police Officer Todd Rasmussen.

The coroner's office hopes to have a positive identity soon. They want to give this woman's family answers and perhaps some closure.

The coroner's office is also working to still determine what caused the woman's death. They say because of the investigation they can not say if there were sign of foul play.

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