Nicole Shalee Mallatt, 36, was last seen on Nov 29, 2019 at the home shared with her boyfriend in rural Butler, Missouri
Mother-of-four’s body was found buried in a bean field a year after she went missing from home she shared with her boyfriend
Loved ones became concerned after she called her sister-in-law asking to stay with her for a few days only to disappear two days later Just over a week after
A week later, the search party found Mallatt’s cell phone, back pack and a pair of her shoes in the area where she was last seen, within 100 yards of her home
Her cause of death is yet to be determined by an ongoing sheriff’s investigation
Her family and friends who believe she was a victim of foul play are determined not to stop seeking justice as investigations into her death continue.
Mother-of-four Nicole Mallatt, 36, was last seen at her home in rural Butler, Missouri, one year ago. On Friday, the sheriff’s office confirmed that human remains found days earlier near a bean field belonged to Mallatt.
After one year of being classified missing, the remains of the mothe-of-four who went missing more than a year ago have been found in a Missouri bean field.
Nicole Mallatt, 36, was last seen on November, 26, 2019 at her home in rural Butler. On Friday, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that human remains found three days earlier belonged to Mallatt.
The remains were discovered near a bean field in southwest Bates County after police received a call that a piece of clothing had been found with potential human remains on it.
Days later, the remains were identified as Mallatt. They will now be transferred to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas so that forensic anthropologists can work to determine the cause of death, a statement from the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook read.
‘We ask for prayers for the family and friends of Nicole Mallatt,’ the statement read, adding that investigations into her death are ongoing.
Before going missing, Mallatt had been living with her longterm boyfriend and her four children.
In December 2019, volunteers in Bates County had recovered personal items belonging to a Mallatt who had been missing for more than a week, leading the family to fears he was a victim of foul play.
The Bates County Sheriff announced that the search party had found Mallatt’s cell phone, back pack and a pair of her shoes. All were in the area where she was last seen, within 100 yards of her home.
Mallatt has been living with a boyfriend for the last 18 years, and the two had three children together.
Mallatt’s family claims she’s been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her boyfriend, but the sheriff said the boyfriend has been cooperating in the investigation.
People reported that two days before her disappearance, Mallatt had asked her sister-in-law if she could stay at her home for a few days without explaining why.
The request was unusual and, coupled with her subsequent disappearance, convinced relatives that Mallatt had not walked away from her life willingly.
The missing woman’s ex-former husband also lives in the area where she was last seen. The sheriff says he too was cooperating in the investigation.
While her cause of death is currently unknown , family insist she never would have left her children voluntarily: ‘That’s what raised a red flag for us,’ sister-in-law Sarah Messick said.
‘Like, why do you need to get out?’
‘She wouldn’t have left her babies,’ People reported Messick as telling Fox 4 KC.
‘Those were her world. That’s what she lived for, her babies’.
Messick said that the news of Mallatt’s remains being found felt like losing her for a second time, adding ‘it was hard.’
Her friends have tried to raise awareness about the case prior to the announcement that her remains had been found. Her family have vowed to not to stop seeking justice as investigations into her death continue.
The family has created a Facebook group called ‘Hope for Nicole Shalee Mallatt. Along with another set up by friends, Voice for Nicole Mallatt, the group is keeping Mallatt’s memory alive and continuing to raise awareness of her case as the investigation continues.
‘We’re okay with waiting because we want them to take their time and look over her and make sure they don’t miss anything,’ Messick said.
‘We’re not going to stop, just like we didn’t stop looking for her,’ she said. Adding, ‘We’re not going to stop fighting to figure out what happened and get justice.’