UPDATE: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Family members say a body found northwest of Salina this afternoon is 27-year-old Kristin Tyler.
Police notified family of the discovery Thursday afternoon, saying they believe it is Tyler's body. The remains were found in an area west of I-135 and south of I-70 near Stimmel Road. Road blocks have been set up.
We spoke with neighbors as they watched law enforcement officers search the area just beyond their front yards.
“It's sad to think she was laying over there, probably the whole time so close and nobody even knew, sad,” Saline county resident Janet Post said.
Earlier, police had arrested a 'person of interest' in connection to Tyler's disappearance. Joel Mitchell Heil, 24, was arrested in Abilene on an unrelated probation violation.
Tyler had been missing since April 25th. In a news release, Saline County investigators confirmed a body was found. They said more information would be released at a news conference Friday morning at 9:30.