|Steven Humphrey - Child Quest International|
Steven Humphrey has not been seen since that day on January 26, 2009.
On Wednesday, Essman, 80, and Humphrey, 21, said they think that the decomposed body dug up in a neighbor's back yard at 235 S. Dearing Ave. is Steven's. Although police told them not to talk about it, family members say he was murdered.
Fresno County Coroner's Office lists the death of the recovered body as a homicide, but said it's unclear whether the body is that of a male or female. Coroner Dr. David Hadden said, "the identity is pending DNA and dental record analysis."
Police weren't saying much, other than they received a tip last week that a body might be buried at the Dearing Avenue home. Armed with a search warrant, police began digging about 8 a.m. Tuesday. They moved 20 tons of dirt before finding the body.
"It's been four long years," Essman said while standing outside her home on Huntington Boulevard -- about a block from where she said her grandson's body was discovered.
While it is still undetermined by the medical examiner if this is indeed Stevens remains, Steven’s family has long awaited answers. And even though nothing will ever replace Steven, we hope these answers can help begin the healing process for his loved ones.
- Keeping Hope Alive
If the body dug up in a Dearing Avenue backyard is Steven Humphrey's, his family will need help burying him. For details, call his grandmother, Dorothy Essman, at (559) 251-5706.
Written and Edited by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International
Source: Pablo Lopez for The Fresno Bee