TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The family of a Florida woman who disappeared decades ago has received some long-awaited news.
Tampa Police matched the DNA of two sisters to a jawbone discovered by a schoolboy in 1986.
The jawbone was that of Brenda Williams, a young mother of two who went missing in 1978.
Williams’ sisters attended a cold case forum in 2016, and thought another unidentified woman was their sister.
The Williams family has searched for Brenda for decades, hoping that she’d walked away and started a new life.
The family still doesn’t know how she died, and police are investigating. But they were able to hold a proper funeral service Sept. 10, even as Hurricane Irma threatened the state.
Brenda Williams had waited 40 years, and they wouldn’t let her wait any longer.
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