Body identified as that of missing Texas woman

Wednesday, June 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Lake Dallas, Texas-AP) -- Authorities say human remains found in a barrel of concrete in Oklahoma have been identified as a missing Lake Dallas woman.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says Oklahoma investigators determined the remains were those of Denise Ann Johnson using fingerprint evidence.

Johnson's boyfriend -- Steven Russell Wiederhold -- remains in custody in Kansas. He was arrested last Thursday on a murder warrant.

Johnson's three-year-old son, Michael, was with Wiederhold, along with three adults and several other children. The Johnson boy has been returned to other family members.

Searchers last Friday -- acting on a tip -- found the barrel on a rural road about four miles north of Thackerville.

Meanwhile, investigators also are trying to locate a woman who previously dated Wiederhold. Samantha McCoin has been reported missing in Parker County.