Police: Body found in Pa. is Laura Garza

BAY RIDGE - State police say a body found in Pennsylvania is that of a Brooklyn woman who disappeared after leaving a Manhattan nightclub in 2008.

Police in Middletown, N.Y., said Monday that a DNA analysis has confirmed that the remains found are that of Laura Garza. They said her body was found on April 11 in Mount Cobb, Pa., several miles outside Scranton.

Police say the man she left the bar with, Michael Mele, is a convicted sex offender. Mele has been investigated in the case, but not charged.

Mele has been in a New York prison since last year because he failed to report that he had changed his address.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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