FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) - After seven years of searching for answers, a Fredericktown family may finally have closure.
The Needham family has been looking for their son Matthew since his disappearance in 2006. Taney County officials say they may have found his remains earlier this week.
"I have prayed and prayed and prayed for that phone call," said Matthew's mother Cindy Needham. "I want to bring my son home. He deserves to be in a town that he loved."
But when the phone call came, Cindy said she still didn't know how to process it.
Fear. Devastation. Anger. She said it was a mix of emotions all at once. And now, after sending Matthew's dental records to help identify the remains, she waits for another phone call.
"Anxiously waiting to hear it's him so we can make arrangements to bring him home," Cindy said.
While she hopes it will bring closure, a part of her still has hope Matthew is ok.
"Most of me. That little bit you know? I'd rather him just walk through the front door," she said.
Fredericktown Police Captain Eric Hovis was friends with Matthew.
He said there are still many unanswered questions surrounding Matthew's disappearance.
"I've talked to the sheriff of Taney County and he's assured me that this investigation is a priority and that it will be at the top of his list until it's settled," said Capt. Hovis.
The family is asking anyone with information to come forward.
If forensic analysts are unable to use the dental records to identify the remains, it could take weeks for DNA tests to show anything conclusive.