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Families of Missing Wait for Closure after 2 Bodies Found

Published On: Feb 14 2014 10:30:00 PM AKST

Families of Missing Wait for Closure after 2 Bodies Found


When a person goes missing, even news of their death can bring closure to loved ones.

It's something the organization Seeking Alaska's Missing knows well.

This week the remains of two people were found in Southcentral. Troopers believe one may be that of a 2010 missing woman, but will not speculate on the other body until an autopsy is performed by the State Medical Examiner.

Falynn Potter, a friend of Corey Newell, says she and the family believe the body found in Meadow Lake area is his. 

"As much as we don't want it to be him, deep down in our hearts you know we're hoping it that it is him," Potter said. "That way it can help you know start healing the family and his friends and get some closure and you know learn from this."

Troopers say the adult male body was found in the Meadow Lake area of the Mat-Su Valley. Due to the body being exposed to cold temperatures for a length of time, an autopsy could takes days, even weeks.

The other remains found this week were discovered by a hiker in Indian. Troopers say the hiker found a skull off Boartide Road. 

Troopers say the remains appear to be those of Wasilla's Nichole M. Millsaps, who was 26 at the time of her disappearance in May 2010.

Richelle Oneill, an organizer with Seeking Alaska's Missing, says while she had not been in touch with the Millsaps family she was aware of the case.

"We do want to find them, that's always the main objective to find them alive but that's not always the case though," said Oneill.