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Remains of Md. woman, missing three years, found in Delaware

The remains of a Cecil County woman who went missing more than three years ago were found a week ago in Delaware and identified Friday, police said.

Brittany N. Peart, who lived on Manor Road in Elkton, was found Dec. 4 by two hunters in a wooded area just over the state line, according to a Saturday statement by Maryland State Police. She was 21 when she disappeared.

The victim's father, James Peart, said he and Peart's mother did not want to comment in order to maintain their privacy; they would like any information about their daughter's case directed to state police. However, several family members and friends, expressed their feelings about Peart on a Facebook group after hearing that the body had been found.

"My heart is shattered," Heather Stanley posted Saturday to the group dedicated to collecting information about Peart's disappearance. Titled "Looking for Brittany N. Peart," it has been active for two and a half years.

"Not only were you my cousin you were my best friend," Stanley wrote.

The hunters who found Peart's remains contacted authorities, and the next day her body was collected and the vicinity where she was found was inspected. State police last searched for Peart in July, along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Her remains were identified using dental records, and an autopsy is continuing, police said. Peart was found roughly four miles from her home, between Frenchtown Road and McDaniel Lane, west of Glasgow, Del.

Peart was reported missing in late September 2008 by her mother, police said. The deceased woman used to share a house with her mother, who had last seen Peart about two months before.

Anyone with information concerning Peart's disappearance and death is urged to contact police at 410-996-7800.

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