Family talks about missing sister found dead

By Cristina Rendon

Published 05/10 2013 10:08PM

Updated 05/13 2013 05:00PM

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 News) – Advances in DNA technology are responsible for a Kearns family finally knowing where their missing sister has been for over a decade.

Charlotte Mower disappeared in October 2001. She was last seen in Salt Lake City near 500 East and 3500 South.

Due to improvements in DNA technology, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California confirmed an unidentified body found in February 2003 was Mower.

Mower’s remains were found in the town of Needles, California, but identified through a DNA match just this month.

Her sisters Geri Mahony and Linda Miller have thought about Charlotte every day since she vanished.

“You don’t have peace of mind,” Miller said.

The family spent over a decade going to parks, hospital and homeless shelters hoping to find Charlotte. They always prayed she might show up one day.

“We’d go out every Sunday to the homeless shelters and watch the feeding line to she if she’d come through the lines,” Mahony said.

Mahony and Miller said their family had their DNA samples taken in January 2013. They were on pins and needles waiting for an answer.

The sisters said they learned the remains were confirmed to be Mower’s on Thursday.

“I didn’t want to believe it,” Miller said. “I just couldn’t. You don’t want to believe the worst.”

They said the confirmation does not give them closure. If anything it leaves them with more questions.

“I think it’s worse not knowing what happened and not knowing what she went through,” Mahony said. “It’s sad.”

The family hopes to be able to bring Mower’s remains to Utah from California. They said then they might have closure.

If anyone remembers or knows what happened to Mower before she left Utah back in 2001, you’re asked to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department.

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