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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) — Police held a press conference Sunday night to reveal new details about human remains found underneath a bridge in a remote part of Dallas County. Investigators say there’s a possibility it’s Marisol Espinosa, a mother who disappeared in December.

Police say they haven’t yet been able to identify the human remains, but they said because of the location, detectives are keeping close watch as the medical examiner works to provide more information.

Stephanie Timko and a group of animal activists were searching a remote section of Dowdy Ferry Road in Dallas County looking for criminally dumped animals. Ever since Dallas mother Marisol Espinosa vanished December 29th, Timko has been thinking of her on searches.

“I knew Marisol. She worked at the salon where my stylist works for years, and so I’ve been particularly interested in her case,” Timko said.

But nothing prepared her for how she would feel when she and another animal rescuer came across human remains under a bridge in an overgrown area.

“I remember as I was standing there looking at the body, I thought to myself, this is what happens when you are around violent people,” Timko said.

Groups of friends and family members have been searching for months in nearby areas. Timko says she couldn’t tell from what she saw whether the remains were those of Espinosa. Dallas Police say that determination will be up to the medical examiner.

“We went down there for the obvious reason that if that is her, we wanted to have detectives there to make any observations that might prove relevant to the case,” Dallas Police Major Max Geron said.

Now as loved ones wait for identification, Timko isn’t sure what to think.

“We were really hoping that it wasn’t and then at the same time hoping that it was, you know for her family,” Timko said. “It’s a very odd feeling. I would love for that family to get closure.”

CBS11 spoke briefly with Marisol Espinosa’s family. They didn’t want to go on camera Sunday night. They say they’re waiting for word from the medical examiner. If this does prove to be Marisol, they say they’ll be grateful for closure, and if not, they will continue their search efforts.

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