NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The father of a teen who has been missing since 2011 says sheriff's officials told him Thursday they believe they have found the remains of his son on Hooper Road in Brunswick County.
Garry Hines, Al'quon Flower's father, says he finally has a sense of closure and relief.
"He's a good kid, always been a good kid," Hines said. "When Al'quon came to live with me, we hit it off good. He was my best friend. He taught me a lot. I miss him. He's my son. What I want, I'm never going to get. The closure I got today is just going to have to be good enough."
Al'quon Flowers was 18-years-old when he went missing in 2011, two months after a murder incident at Club 609.
At the time, law enforcement officials speculated that Flowers may have been kidnapped as retaliation for the actions of his half brothers, who were allegedly involved in the shooting at Club 609.
According to Kevin Tully with the Wilmington Police Department, there is no reason to believe the human remains found are not that of Flowers. However, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office will not confirm at this time that the remains are human.
Tully has been the lead investigator on the disappearance since 2011. Tully said he received information about the whereabouts of Flower's body from the main suspect in the case, Alan Leroy Johnson who is currently in prison for two robberies.
Johnson and two other men robbed Able Auto Insurance agency in July of 2011. They held employees and customers at gun point.
Johnson and others, are also responsible for breaking into a man's home in Wilmington, robbing him and shooting him four times.
He was found guilty of both crimes in 2013. According to his court documents, Johnson filed for an appeal of those convictions. Johnson's connection to Flower's disappearance is still unknown.
Tully said investigators have always known Flowers was killed, but they could not find his body.
Investigators started searching the area around 1 p.m. Thursday. Tully said the human remains were found in a wooded area off of Hooper Road. Brunswick County officials said the remains were above ground and scattered throughout the wooded area.
"Brunswick County did the job that they did to bring my son home, so I'm relieved about that. We all are, Hines said. "My head's about to bust. I'm burnt out just waiting to hear this what I'm hearing about today."
Several agencies have searched for Flowers in New Hanover and Brunswick counties for years and was officially listed as a missing person.
According to the CUE Center for Missing Persons website, Flowers had last been seen in an unknown block of Red Cross Street in Wilmington on July 19, 2011 at about 3 p.m.