The case of Jessica Cain, the 17-year-old who went missing 19 years ago, has finally come to a close. On Friday, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady announced that the bones found in a horse pasture just south of Houston nearly a month ago do in fact belong to Cain.
"We are relieved at the news that Jessica has been found," Roady said in a press release. "But while this news brings confirmation, it also brings new sorrow to Jessica's family, friends and those in law enforcement who have mourned her loss."
Cain went missing on her way home following dinner with fellow cast members from a high school play she had just performed in. Police would find her truck on the side of I-45 near Clear Lake, her purse left behind. But nearly 20 years later, no one has been charged with her kidnapping.
Police, though, have a pretty good lead on a primary suspect: William Reece, who actually was temporarily released from prison to lead authorities to the field where he told them he buried Cain. Reece is currently serving a 60-year sentence for the kidnapping of another Texas woman. Last fall, he was convicted of murdering a young Oklahoma woman after DNA tests linked him to the crime.
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Last week, authorities also confirmed that remains they found in a nearby field belonged to Kelli Cox, who also went missing in 1997. She had locked her keys in her car just down the road from the Denton Police Station, but when her boyfriend showed up to help her, she was gone. Reece also was the one who directed authorities to her resting place.