WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials have identified the remains found earlier this month in Hampstead to be those of Elisha Tucker.
The 34-year-old woman went missing in August and was last seen near the Hillcrest housing development.
Police notified family members early Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday,Tucker's mother, Rose Waldron, said she is still searching for answers related to her daughter's death. She said that investigators told her there was still work to be done.
"In order for you to keep going on, you want to know. Your mind keeps on wondering how did this happen? Did that happen? So you do want to know," Waldron explained.
Tucker's body hasn't been released to her family yet. Waldron said she may never find closure as this investigation continues.
"If your child or whoever has been murdered, you don't have closure on that," elaborated the grieving mother.
Authorities believe James Bradley, who was charged earlier in May with the murder of Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk may be involved. They are investigating Tucker's death as a homicide, but no charges have been filed at this time.
In a prior interview, Waldron said she had never seen Bradley around her daughter.
Bradley was convicted in 1990 of killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter and tossing her body into a large trash container. He was paroled in February of last year.
The search continues for Vannewkirk, who went missing April 5, one day before her 54th birthday. Police said Vannewkirk and Bradley knew each other, and Vannewkirk's friends claim the 54-year-old worked with Bradley at Mott Landscaping.
Police said Monday they have expanded their search to find Vannewkirk.
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