Human remains have been found in the search for a 25-year-old woman who went missing in October.
Monica Elaine Sykes disappeared while out buying candy for her nephew in the small town of Kinloch, Missouri.
Search and rescue teams found an unidentified female body in a wooded area outside of the town on Saturday, 5 On Your Side reports.
The remains are being sent to the St Louis County Medical Examiner’s office for identification.
Sykes’s family has been notified, although police are not sure if the remains belong to her.
Berkeley Police said the results may come back in two-to-six weeks.
Her mother, Regina, told FOX 2 that the situation is so heartbreaking that she can’t participate in the searches.
No arrests have been made.
Sykes, who lives with her sister and three nephews in Berkeley, Missouri, left to buy candy on the morning of October 28 and never returned.
‘They told their mom Monica told them she was heading out and would get them some candy to give them later that afternoon’, Regina said.
‘The oldest then said he saw her get into a white car that drove away. That was the last time anyone saw her’.
A home alarm verifies that Sykes opened the door just after 7am. She took her cell phone with her but not her identification or debit card.
The store Sykes said she was going to was about a half mile away.
Sykes had just started a new job at a restaurant and was scheduled to work the day she went missing.
She was planning to return to school and wanted to eventually run her grandmother’s daycare business.
She is close with her family, and it’s uncharacteristic of her to go a day without talking to them.
Sykes is the third youngest of six children and spent much of her free time with family.
‘I definitely think that there is foul play. She is being held against her will and unable to contact us’, Regina said.
Little information has been released in connection with the case so as to not hinder the ongoing investigation.
‘We’re treating it as the family would want us to treat it. And that’s if it was our own daughter. And that’s the steps we’re taking’, Berkeley Police Department Captain Art Jackson told NBC affiliate KSDK in December.
At the time of her disappearance, Sykes had started dating a man, someone her family said they had not yet met.
He drives a white car, the same color car Sykes’s nephew said he saw her get into the day she disappeared.
Her boyfriend was questioned by police, along with several of Monica’s close friends.
Sykes is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
It’s unknown what type of clothing Sykes was wearing at the time of her disappearance, but she had on pink and black Adidas flip-flops.
She has an ‘M’ tattooed on her upper right arm and the name ‘Leonard’ written in cursive tattooed on her left shoulder blade.
Anyone with information is urged to call Berkeley Police or the anonymous CrimeStopper’s tip line at 866-371-tips.