The human remains discovered at a construction site in Anna, Texas, on Wednesday are a match for a young woman who disappeared almost four years ago.
CBS Dallas Forth Worth reports that authorities have confirmed the remains belong to Christina Morris, a 23-year-old Plano resident last seen leaving an upscale shopping mall on August 30, 2014.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Morris was seen on surveillance camera footage with a longtime acquaintance, Enrique Arochi. Arochi was arrested three months after Morris vanished when invsetigators found her DNA in the trunk of his car. He was convicted of aggravated kidnapping in 2016 and is currently serving a life sentence.
Christina’s mother Joni Hare told the news station that Christina’s disappearance was the “worst day of her life;” she and other relatives thanked authorities and volunteers for the massive search efforts to find the young woman, and the support they received from all over the world.
Construction workers at a site in Plano found the skeletal remains and women’s clothing as they were clearing brush for building. They immediately contacted authorities.
“It appeared to be some clothing laying there, but we didn’t dig around because we knew they [police] would do their own investigation and we didn’t want to hinder it in any way,” said Andy Mitchell, one of the workers who came across the remains.
According to CBS DFW, Morris’s family is hoping that Arochi can now be tried for murder.
The cause of death is pending a medical examination. CrimeOnline will update this story when more information becomes available.
[Feature image: Christina Morris/Facebook]