By Robbie Owens

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DENTON (CBSDFW) – Kelly Cox’s middle-of-the-day-disappearance haunted the Denton community for years. But, for her family, every single day ushered in fresh heartache: all those questions that had no answers, perhaps until now.

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“I do feel strongly that this is one of the better chances we’ve had of getting those answers,” says Cox’s mother, Jan Bynum.

Last month, a man previously mentioned as a ‘person of interest’ in Kelli’s disappearance led police to another young woman’s remains near Houston. William Reece then directed authorities to dig in another location to find Kelli.

“We don’t have DNA back or confirmation,” says Bynum. “Maybe that’s part of the calmness. I’ve said all along, if she’s gone, I want to know. So if she’s gone and we get those answers, then that brings closure to that piece of it… there’s other pieces, though, that will open up for me.”

Even as her eyes fill with tears, Bynum insists she is calm: convinced that the faith that’s sustained her for 19 years will carry her awhile farther.

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“I learned early on, this was not going to be something I could go through alone, it’s not something I could handle all by myself,” says Bynum. “I firmly believe God put the right people in my path, in my life.”

Top among them is Kelli’s daughter Alexis. Bynum and her husband have raised her as their own. She was a toddler when her mother vanished, and Bynum says she forced her to keep forging ahead…wherever the journey took them.

Sources tell CBS 11 that the excavation site in Brazoria County has now been cleared and the remains are headed to UNT where experts there will work to provide positive identification. No word, yet, on how long that process may take.

“It’s all in God’s hands right now,” says Bynum…her voice trailing to a whisper. “It’s all in God’s hands.”

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