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    Remains maybe identified this week, Hec Grant's mother speaks to THV

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    SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) --  Hanging up fliers of her missing son, Debbie Grant told THV in 2007, "Somebody out there knows what happened to him,"

    Today's THV met her again in 2009 when we profiled Hec Grant's story on our Arkansas Cold Case segment.

    Debbie recalls, "He gave me a big hug and kiss and said, 'Momma I love you and I'll be home in time for supper."

    On Monday, Debbie told THV news she's waited four years to hear.

    "I know that the remains were found. I know the area that they were found and I know that there is a possibility that it is Hec."

    The bones were found Saturday on South Sardis Rd. along with personal belongings. Investigators spent hours combing for evidence. The scene is less than a mile from where police found Grant's van abandoned in 2007.

    Debbie explains, "I just can't be realistic about this and say for a fact that that is Hec and say this is over for us, because right now we don't know that."

    A positive ID could come as early as Tuesday. Kermit Channell with the Arkansas State Crime Lab says they're focusing on dental records.

    He says, "I think for a long time we didn't have the technology and the means necessary to do that quickly and now we have the staff. We have the technology."

    Meanwhile, there are other people missing in Saline County. Lt. Scottie Courtney though says Grant is the only suspicious death they're investigating.

    He says, "We aren't necessarily in a holding pattern but it is going to help us determine where we go next."

    As for Debbie, she's anxious to know if it's her son, but isn't sure it will bring closure.

    She cries, "It does not get easier. You don't sleep. When you do you have bad dreams."

    Deputies, along with Hec Grant's family, have searched the area where the remains were found many times before but found nothing. Today's THV will be sure to keep you updated on this developing story.

    The Arkansas State Crime Lab says they normally get about two to three human remains every year. There are 107 that have yet to be indentified.

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