NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – She went missing in July 2008, but Torchie Boyd's family never stopped searching for her body.
Friday, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department responded to a call reporting the discovery of human remains, just a few miles from where Boyd went missing.
Investigators believe they have found her remains and are treating her death as a homicide.
"We certainly do not believe she died by natural causes. We believe that her common law husband or boyfriend probably is the individual responsible for her death," said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss.
Her common law spouse, Ernest Young, lived with Torchie at J&S Campground on the remote north end of Lake Nacogdoches.
"He was the last person to knowingly see her and be with her and of course then he wound up committing suicide a day later," said Kerss.
Upon first learning of Ernest's death, Jackie Stafford says she was in shock. In her heart, she says she knew what happened to her sister.
"She was murdered," said Stafford.
Jackie says Torchie would have never left her two small boys and daughters behind.
Locating her remains will finally give the children the closure they need.
"We will have somewhere for those boys and the girls to go, a gravesite that they can go to and they can have a place to put flowers and say this is where my mother is buried," said Stafford.
DNA testing will be done to confirm the remains found are Torchie Boyd's but Jackie is confident it's her sister.
"My sister had some broken bones that were very precise and particular."
The investigation may be coming to a close, but finding Torchie doesn't take away her family's grief. It does give them some answers and peace knowing they can finally lay their loved one to rest.
Kerss says DNA testing will be done to confirm they are Torchie's remains, most likely by a forensic anthropologist.
Kerss says they won't be able to prove the exact cause of death but can rule out accidental and natural causes.