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Search Continues For Remains After Possible Human Skull Found In Clay County

Reported: May. 6, 2014 11:42 AM EDT
Updated: May. 9, 2014 10:09 PM EDT

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WIDEN, W.Va. (Fallon Pierson) -- The search continued for more human remains on Friday, following the discovery of a possible human skull was found in Clay County, and one family hopes it will bring resolution in a nine-year-old missing person case.

John Sears has spent the last nine years searching for answers. His sister, Jennifer Belt, disappeared in 2005.

"It's sad she's gone. I miss her every day," he said.

What police believe could to be a human skull was found by a logging company earlier this week in a remote area of Widen in Clay County. Belt went missing in the Widen area.

When Sears heard the news, he said his thoughts went straight to his sister.

"We're holding out hope that, maybe, this is her,” he said.

Belt was last seen at her mother's home near Ivydale in Clay County. She left to make a trip to Widen- but never returned.

Her car was found by the side of the road, with the keys still on the dashboard.

Sears said, so far, investigators haven't found any real evidence of what happened.
"There's all kinds of rumors going around, but you don't know who to believe, or what to believe anymore," he said.

State Police have not said that the skull is related to Belt's case in any way. But for Sears, the find brings new hope to an old mystery.

"Just thinking her remains are laying out somewhere, it's something I try not to think about a lot,” he said. “You just go on. You've got to."

WIDEN, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- State Police said they are investigating after what appears to be the partial remains of a human skull were found in Clay County.

The possible human remains were discovered in the Widen area of Clay County.

A logging company called the sheriff's department with the information Monday night.

State Police continued to search the area on Tuesday.

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