Human remains found in search for teen girl who vanished 20 years ago

Human remains have been discovered nearly two decades after a 16-year-old girl vanished, putting her case on the path to some closure.

The remains were found at a mobile home park in the Ormond Beach area of Florida where detectives determined that Autumn McClure murdered and buried, said the Volusia Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

Autumn was reported missing from her grandmother’s home in Ormond Beach on May 10, 2004. Autumn’s grandmother received phone calls and letters from her promising that she was OK and would return home after turning 18. The teen girl was believed to be living with a woman she worked with in Winn-Dixie.

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‘There really never is a “cold case,”’ stated Sheriff Mike Chitwood while announcing the break in the case. ‘The men and women that are assigned to our Major Case Unit and all of our investigative units, that’s what they understand.’

The woman Autumn was staying with and the woman’s boyfriend, Brian Christopher Donley Jr, then 31, lived at a mobile home park in Shady Oaks.

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