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Police: Christina Morris' remains found in Anna

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Sources said human remains found in Anna have been matched to Christina Morris. (KTVT via CNN/Facebook) Sources said human remains found in Anna have been matched to Christina Morris. (KTVT via CNN/Facebook)

ANNA, Texas -- Investigators on Thursday confirmed that human remains found at a construction site in Anna on Wednesday belong to Christina Morris, the 23-year-old Fort Worth woman who had been missing since August 30, 2014.

Morris had last been seen in the parking garage of a Plano shopping center.

"This, I must say, is the most difficult day that I've ever faced in my entire life," said a tearful Jonni Hale, the missing woman's mother, at a late afternoon news conference in Plano. "I know our daughter is in a better place. I know she's in heaven. I know she's proud of us for not giving up."

The remains were found by workers Wednesday along the 1800 block of Taylor Boulevard. 

While a man was convicted and sentenced for kidnapping Morris, her ultimate fate had remained a mystery until Thursday.

"The past three-and-a-half years since Christina's disappearance has been a very difficult time for everyone," said Plano police Chief Gregory Rushin. "Today is bittersweet as we return Christina to her family in our continuing effort to bring answers -- and perhaps some measure of peace --- to those who have been affected by her disappearance."

Hale and two other women bearing floral arrangements made a brief appearance at the investigation site on Thursday morning.

"We've lived here for about five years, and I know a couple of other times people have actually looked over there, in the woods, for remains," said Anna resident Carol Chapman. "I guess I thought when I first saw it that they were looking again."

Morris had been missing since August 30, 2014, when surveillance video showed her and longtime friend Enrique Gutierrez Arochi walk into a parking garage at an upscale Plano shopping and restaurant complex. Police were notified three days later when family and friends couldn't contact Morris after the long Labor Day weekend. Her vehicle was found still in the parking garage.

Plano police arrested Arochi 3½ months after Morris' disappearance. He was later convicted -- based partly on DNA samples -- of aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to life imprisonment two years after her disappearance. Arochi, who turns 27 next Thursday, isn't eligible for parole until 2044.

Morris' family had regularly organized volunteers to search for clues to Christina's disappearance. The next one had been scheduled for Saturday morning.

There was a $30,000 reward for information about Christina Morris.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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