The search for missing Pekin teen, Robert Bee, officially comes to an end Saturday Morning.

TAZEWELL COUNTY - The Tazewell County coroner revealed early Saturday that remains found in rural Tazewell County in July belong to the missing teen, who was last seen running away from a truancy officer in November of 2016.

Almost a year after Robert Bee first went missing; loved ones and community members finally have some answers.

Bones found in a wooded area back in July have been identified as Bee, but Mary Jane Richard of Team Bonsai says it brings up emotions all over again. She says, "It would've been much much easier had we had the answers right away, but it basically starts the grieving process all over again for everyone. I know from what I have been reading off of Facebook, a lot of tears being shed today."

The news was especially hard for Bee's mother to hear. "I do know that the mother Lisa is absolutely devastated, she was holding out until the last moment hoping that it was not him," says Richards.

Despite dental records that appeared to match Bee, Tazewell County Coroner, Dr. Jeff Baldi sent DNA to be tested at the Illinois State Police crime lab before making a positive I-D.

Richards says, "They are also looking for cause of death. The coroner told Lisa they are also we be able to get a more precise time of death, so that will be coming too."

The team of volunteers that spent much of the last year searching says, there is more closure in the case.

Richards says, "We will be hearing soon about funeral and visitation arrangements and I'll let everybody know." But they say, Team Bonsai won't be satisfied until the case is solved.

"The silver lining will be justice for bonsai," says Richards.

Investigators still have not released a cause of death. Team Bonzai says they are planning to hold a vigil at some point in the near future.


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