ANNA, Texas – Sources confirm to WFAA that the human remains found in Anna, Texas are those of Christina Morris.
Anna police say they called the Plano Police Department once the remains were found by construction workers on Wednesday, due to the department investigating the disappearance of Morris since 2014.
Thursday morning Morris’ mother Jonni McElroy arrived at the scene, a wooded area along Taylor Road near the Collin County line, and left flowers.
The remains are still being officially identified by the medical examiner, but lead investigators from the Plano Police Department are assisting and said they will give an update on the case during a 4:30 p.m. press conference.
There has been a massive search for Morris after she disappeared from The Shops at Legacy in Plano in August of 2014. Volunteer search groups have spent countless hours with her family looking for her.
“Well, if she’s gone, we want this to be her,” a volunteer said. “I don’t know how else to put it because [her] family needs closure.”
Groups had searched the wooded area before, based on information gathered during the investigation. They said they wished they had been able to find Christina.
“You can have 20 people out there looking and everyone is looking this way and [they] miss something,” a volunteer said. “It would be easy to miss something, which we are going to beat ourselves up because we tried hard to find her.”
The last images of Morris were taken by a surveillance camera in a parking garage on the night of her disappearance. She was seen walking with Enrique Arochi, an acquaintance she grew up with. The two had been partying with friends that night.
Arochi was later sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping Morris. Her DNA was found in the trunk of his car, proving to be a key piece of evidence during his trial.
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