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Family Members Mark 1 Year Since Remains Found In Missing Couple Case

Oct 15, 2019, 10:35 PM | Updated: 11:02 pm

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — Family members gathered before a memorial cross in a remote area of the Arizona Strip Tuesday to mark a somber anniversary in the case of a couple that vanished mysteriously from their home in Littlefield, Arizona.

Jerry and Susan McFalls, both 62, disappeared on Jan. 11, 2018, apparently leaving the doors to their second house unlocked, the television on and a pot roast on the counter to defrost.

On Oct. 15, 2018, two sets of remains were uncovered near the Utah-Arizona border.

Within a few weeks, one of those sets was identified as Susan.

The other set has yet to be positively identified one year later, according to the couple’s daughter-in-law Meridee McFalls.

“This waiting makes it so much harder,” she said, standing before the memorial.

“It just tears you apart every day,” added Jerry McFalls Jr., the couple’s son.

Meridee McFalls said the family was told the DNA results for the second set of remains were tied up in a backlog at a lab.

They were hoping more lab results and other answers may emerge in the coming months.

The who’s, how’s and why’s of the couple’s disappearance and deaths still loomed large over the ongoing investigation.

famil“Now we know one more piece — that they didn’t kill themselves.”

Mohave County Sheriff’s spokesperson Anita Mortensen said Tuesday there was no new information in the case and that detectives were doing their best to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Jerry McFalls Jr. said a big part of himself died with the loss of his parents.

“They were everything to me,” the son said. “My parents were the reason I woke up in the morning to get on with life, so not having them here and not having the closure rips you apart day after day.”

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