Remains found in Florida in September have been positively identified as a mother who went missing over a year ago.
Tia Bonta, mother to a baby boy, disappeared last August. She was last seen July 31, 2016 at a Days Inn and reported missing 5 days later, according to Click Orlando.
In September of this year, berry pickers found skeletal remains six feet from the side of a road in Orange County, Florida. The bones still had distinctive jewelry on them – one ring had the word “MOM” engraved in it. Orange County Sheriff’s Office public information Officer Jane Watrel said police released pictures of the jewelry, hoping that someone could make an identification, and that’s what “broke the case.”
“People started to call, send pictures and it really helped us move this investigation forward.”
Police confirmed Wednesday that Bonta’s dental records matched the remains found last month.
Her father said he expected to receive the news, but it was still hard to hear, WFTV reports.
“I knew it was over. It was that moment we had been waiting for, for a long time.”
Now, police are investigating the death, and foul play is expected. Detective Peter Hernandez said a specialist has been brought in to examine the remains and determine the cause of death.
“Everything is still pending. We have a forensic anthropologist that is on the case right now examining the bones. Once he makes his determination then we will have a little more information.”
Bonta’s father, along with police, is now asking anyone who might know something about his daughter’s death to come forward.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407 -836-4357 or Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
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