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Family worries human remains belong to loved one

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Rose Waldron hopes human remains found in Hampstead aren't those of her 34-year-old daughter Elisha Tucker. Rose Waldron hopes human remains found in Hampstead aren't those of her 34-year-old daughter Elisha Tucker.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

When law enforcement officers announced that human remains found in Pender County did not belong to Shannon Vannewkirk, her friends and family were shocked.

Now, other families are worried that their missing loved ones may be identified as the recovered body.

One such family is that of Elisha Tucker. The 34-year-old woman went missing in August. She was last seen near the Hillcrest housing development. Her family currently resides in Leland. 

"I want my daughter back at home safe and sound like every parent wants their children," said Rose Waldron.

Waldron said she has developed a shake since her daughter went missing.

"You're always scared when you're a parent and your child is not where they're supposed to be," explained Waldron.

The concerned mother said she wants to know her daughter's whereabouts, but hopes the remains recently found aren't Tucker's.

"You really don't know what to think.  You don't want it to be," explained Waldron.

Unfortunately, investigators said the remains could be Tucker's.

"They're thinking that the body might be her," said Waldron solemnly. "Me and her dad up in Maryland have to do a DNA test."

The mother said she had never seen lead suspect James Bradley around her daughter. Bradley was taken into custody earlier this week and charged with the murder of Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk. He is also considered a suspect in the homicide of the most recently discovered remains.

"I'm sitting here trying to picture this guy with hair and a beard and everything, and I just couldn't picture him with that," elaborated Waldron.

As the investigation continues, Waldron and her granddaughter are left with a lot more questions than answers. She has grown to share the same pain so many other families of missing person's feel.

"I'm praying that even if it's not her, they can find out who she is. Whoever she is, she is somebody's child and I know they're missing her like crazy," Waldron said.

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