FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Investigators believe human remains found in Atlanta are linked to a Florence County homicide, according to a news release from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
The remains were discovered near the Atlanta Police Academy earlier this week, authorities said.
Investigators have made several trips to the Atlanta area to search for the remains of Tara Echevrria, who is believed to have been killed in April, the release states.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Center is conducting a forensic examination of the remains and will work with FCSO investigators to positively determine the identity of the victim, according to the release.
Tearany Cullens, Echevarria’s daughter, said not being able to find her mother’s body kept the family from properly grieving.
“It’s been an ongoing thing since April. It’s an extensive relief that we know where she’s at now," Cullens said. “I don’t have all the of details just yet on what happened on that day, but I’m just happy that we have some type of closure now.”
Three people have charged in connection to the murder of Echavarria. They are all being held at the Florence County Detention Center pending trial.
Our investigators have done an excellent job of handling this sad and difficult case,” Sheriff William C. Barnes said. “We look forward to obtaining the results of the forensic examination soon, which will hopefully allow the family of Ms. Echavarria to obtain some degree of closure.”