Daytona Beach, FL – A DNA match confirms that human remains found in Flagler County back in 2016 are the remains of Mandy Ciehanoski.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, VCSO, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and the St. John’s County Medical Examiner’s Office were notified about the DNA match by the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification last Thursday (December 6th).
Ciehanoski was reported missing back on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), 2011, a week after she was last seen by her family. Her ex-boyfriend 41-year-old Michael Annicchiarico, was the last person with her on the day she disappeared, even though he claimed he hadn’t seen her in two years.
Detectives would end up finding blood in Annicchiarico’s closet, trash and vehicle.
Annicchiarico would be indicted for Ciehanoski’s murder back in October, 2011. Then, in 2013 he would plea no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He told authorities that he left Ciehanoski’s body in a wooded area near Ormond Beach.
The first search for her remains proved unsuccessful. However, in November 2016 a drone operator found remains in a wooded area in Flagler.
The remains were recovered by FCSO and submitted them to the University of Florida Human Identification Laboratorym, before they were submitted to the University of North Texas for DNA comparison to familial DNA samples collected by VCSO.
Two years later, the results returned and confirmed her identity.
Her family was notified shortly after the results came in.
Annicchiarico is currently being held at Walton Correction Institution in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
Mandy Ciehanoski’s photo is courtesy of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Annichiarico’s 2011 photo is courtesy of the Volusia County Corrections