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Missing woman's family thought it had closure it needed

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A Wilmington family says the bones found off River Road last month are likely their loved one, but they're still waiting for official confirmation and don't understand why it's taking so long.

Priscilla Rogers went missing in mid-June, and her family launched a nationwide search for her. But when a set of female remains were found off River Road about two weeks ago, her brother Larry says detectives were almost certain they belonged to the 41 year-old.

Priscilla Rogers was last seen at her home on 9th and Queen Streets in Wilmington. Larry Rogers says she was a drug addict and would frequently go weeks without checking in, but a month after she went missing, with still no word, he knew something bad had happened. About six months later, a man walking in the woods found the set of bones.

While there's still no official identification of the remains, Larry Rogers says a local medical examiner told him they are "99.9 percent" sure the bones are Priscilla based on a comparison of a previous CAT scan to the skull found in the woods and other physical characteristics.

"It's been hell," Larry Rogers said. "I've taken off work for a week. My sister's taken off work, stopped her business for a week. I've got people coming in. I've got people knocking on my door all night long asking me what's going on, when is the funeral."

A Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman said today that there is still no confirmation of the bones' identity from the medical examiners office in Chapel Hill. She said anything that could have been told to Larry Rogers by detectives may have been said to prepare the family for the possibility of a positive ID. Larry Rogers says he and his family just want to know if they can bury their sister or continue their search for her.

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