Any lingering hope that an Alaskan family last seen in May last year would be found alive appeared to vanish on Saturday when clothing and human remains were found on a trail just a few miles from their home. An FBI team was dispatched to Kenai, around 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, to assist local police after the discovery of what's believed to be the remains of 22-year-old Rebecca Adams; her daughters, 5-year-old Michelle Hundley and 3-year-old Jaracca Hundley; and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Brandon Jividen, the Peninsula Clarion reports. Police, who say items found at the site appear to match those missing from the family's Kenai apartment, plan to hold a press conference on the case today.
The family, whose pet dog Sparks is also missing, was last heard from on May 27, when Adams' sister says she called sounding distressed but would not say what was wrong, NBC News reports. Over the last 10 months, relatives and friends joined law enforcement agencies in scouring the woods around the town for any trace of the family, whose cars were left behind at their apartment, reports Alaska Dispatch News. "You have a shred of hope that they will be found," Adams' uncle tells the Dispatch News. "And that shred has been taken away." (Read more Alaska stories.)