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DALLAS (CBS11) – The family of a missing Dallas mother is asking for prayers as they wait for the answers they’ve been seeking, although a fresh wave of heartbreak could soon follow.

Marisol Espinosa, a mother of three, vanished on December 29, 2015.

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Her SUV was discovered several days later at an apartment complex with her purse and personal belongings inside.

Over the weekend, volunteers searching for dying and dumped animals in the Trinity River Bottoms near Dowdy Ferry Road discovered human remains that clearly belong to a woman.

“She was wearing some female boots,” says Jeremy Boss, “her nails were done, you could tell she took care of her fingernails… and a little bit of black hair.”

Boss says they called police and officers were on site in what seemed like “seconds.”

The Dallas County Medical Examiner is expected to identify those remains soon.

Nevertheless, Espinosa’s cousin Wendy Lopez can’t stop looking. So she ventured to the remote site Monday.

“I came down here to see if I could find anything that would confirm it for me,” says Lopez.

For months, she has organized weekend searchers in the hope of bringing her cousin home. She says the groups of volunteers have so often looked near the creek bed… but, hadn’t gone that far. Still, her efforts have kept the search in the public eye.

“My sister and brother-in-law and sister found the vehicle. We found surveillance cameras that were on the route where the SUV was dropped off. We were able to get a lot of things out there, and get tips.”

Boss returned Monday to take Lopez to the site. He may have delivered a major break in the case. But, he also knows that sorrow could follow.

“People say, I hope they get some closure… closure means that the hope is gone. That breaks my heart.”

And although she has been hoping for a miracle, Lopez’s heavy heart tells her that the body that was found is her cousin.

“I think it is,” says Lopez. “But, we don’t know for sure, so…”

Dallas Police have declined to speculate on the identity. The Medical Examiner’s Office says the remains could be identified as early as Tuesday.

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