PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WBKO) -- "She just left one day and didn't come back," said Christie Witcher's sister, Peggy Mandrell.
Human remains found in western Pulaski County in 1995 have now been identified. For nearly 3 decades the family has been seeking answers.
On February 21, the sheriff's office was notified the DNA matched Christie York Witcher of Allen County, Kentucky
"Said she was going to work with the carnival that was here in Allen County and nobody has seen her since," said Mandrell.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says in July of 1995, two people were hunting off of Piney Grove Road in Nancy, Kentucky when they found the skeletal remains of a woman in a wooded area.
"My sister was always a wanderer, she never would stay in one place at one time. She liked to go. She would go and she would stay gone for a couple weeks but she'd always come back but this time she never came back," said Mandrell.
With no identification information found near the area, the case was placed into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Witcher was reported missing to the Allen County Sheriff's Office in 1994. As the years passed, the family remained worried; If they'd ever see their precious Christie again.
"Just wondering because the world's cruel anymore, you just never know," said Mandrell.
Now with new DNA evidence, a sad discovery, but the family is now closer to the answers they've been searching for.
"It is a big relief, don't got to wonder anymore. The wondering part is over, now just concentrate on who did it and hopefully maybe some day we'll find out that but I mean it's been a lot of years so I don't have a lot of faith in that," said Mandrell.
The investigation into Witcher's disappearance and death is still ongoing.