LATHROP, Mo. - After months and miles of searching, the family of Carol Thompson is grieving. Her remains were recently found less than a mile away from where she was last seen.
Last June, her family said she disappeared from her boyfriend's house in the middle of the night. She left behind her cellphone and keys.
Her family worried someone had harmed her or that she had become disoriented and wondered off. Depression from losing her husband combined with heart problems and possible MS made her family fear the worst whether foul play was involved or not.
Family members told 41 Action News she was found less than a mile away from where she was last seen by someone walking along a nearby creek in early April. In a matter of days, the Caldwell County Sheriff confirmed the remains belonged to her sister, according to Thompson's sister, Judy Courtney.
"It was a blessing to know it was my sister," Courtney said. "It was kind of breathtaking, but nothing I didn't know was coming."
"We all had dreams, feelings, all of us, that something was coming," said Thompson's niece, Jessica Thomas.
"Premonitions," added Thompson's son, Corey Thompson.
He said the fact his mother's body was found so close to where they searched was frustrating.
"We were maybe, I couldn't even tell you, possibly 300 feet from her," Thompson said.
"Disturbing. Disappointing. Myself, it makes me feel like we missed something," she said. "It hurts to know that she was that close."
The family is no closer to getting answers of how or why Carol died, and whether foul play was involved. For now, they aren't looking for those answers.
"We now know that that glimpse of hope we had of bringing her home alive is no longer," Thomas said. "That's what we're dealing with right now."
The family invites the public to a celebration of Carol's life on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Courtney has also established a memorial for the families of other missing persons.
"I know what I've gone through in the last ten months," she said. "I can't imagine another year, two years, 20 years, 30 years, maybe your whole life."
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