It's been a mystery that's haunted a family for more than five months. Finally they get answers after human remains were found near a car in eastern Jefferson County.
Investigators there say the remains appear to be those of Maxine Ethington, an elderly woman who vanished on Memorial Day.
The family of Maxine Ethington was in the process of planning another massive search for the 87-year old woman; when word came that her car was found somehow hidden from view.
Sunday, answers were found in a wooded rural area of east Jefferson County.
Ethington suffered from dementia. She was last seen sitting on her front porch at her home in Shelbyville. Police say they've found Ethington's car, a silver Buick Century.
A family member of the property owner spotted the car that had eluded police an entire season. Inside the car, police found human remains. The coroner says they are Ethington's remains.
For the family of Ethington, the past 5 months have been a test of faith as they held vigil for their loved one. They say now the healing can begin.
Police do not believe foul play is a factor in Ethington's death. Officials hope to learn more about the circumstances surrounding her death after an autopsy is complete.
At one point in the search the family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.