Emma Layne's sister shares reaction after human remains identified as Layne's

Emma Layne went missing last June; remains found in November

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. – The sister of a Halifax County woman who went missing last June is sharing her reaction to human remains being identified as her sister's.

Wynona Childress said she hopes the positive identification will help move the case of her sister's death forward.

As we reported Thursday on 10 News at 11, human remains found in November near the property of Emma Layne have been identified as Layne's.

Layne was last seen on June 17 leaving the store in Halifax County where she worked.

A cause of death has not been determined, but the Halifax County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide.

"The real relief will come when there is an arrest. I want (investigators) to take their time and make sure that they can make the charges stick," Childress said.

Hunters found the remains in a shallow grave in a wooded area less than a mile from Layne's home.

Childress said she has believed all along that the remains belonged to her sister.

"At first, I didn't feel much of anything. We've been waiting so long to hear news. As the evening went on, it sunk in that they had made a positive identification," Childress said about her reaction to being notified Thursday night about the identification of the remains.

The family urges anyone with any information about the case to come forward.