MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say the remains found recently in a wooded area in northeastern Pike County belong to a Jayess woman who disappeared in 2004.
Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd tells the Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/111DIAQthat the remains belong to Deborah Brock. She was last seen Feb. 5, 2004, at age 39.
Shepherd says foul play has been suspected from the beginning and still is.
Three days after Brock went missing, her car silver Chrysler sedan was found in the parking lot at Pike Center Mart. Blood and hair in the trunk led lawmen to suspect Brock had been abducted.
Shepherd says a landowner found partial human remains in a wooded area. He declined to identify the landowner, specify the area or say exactly when the discovery took place.
Authorities sent the remains for testing. When the results came back, Shepherd said he contacted Brock's family and spoke with them on Thursday morning.
"We've never forgotten about this case," Shepherd said. "We've never shoved it to the side and said it's unsolvable."
Since Brock was a resident of Walthall County and disappeared in McComb, the investigation was a joint effort among McComb police and Pike and Walthall counties' sheriff's departments.
As early as April 2004, Walthall County Sheriff Duane Dillon said he hoped authorities would make an arrest soon.
The search included dragging the Bogue Chitto River near the Highway 570 bridge, an effort conducted by the Pike County Civil Defense Department.
But further searches of the area, including a 30-acre wooded area off David Manning Road in northeastern Pike County, yielded no results, even with the help of cadaver-sniffing dogs and helicopters.
"We're going to continue working this case from every direction," Shepherd said. "It's our goal to have some conclusion in the future."