RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The remains of a woman missing from Rusk County for over three years have been found.
According to Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez, the remains of Kim Flint were found in the woods by a man on a side-by-side on Wednesday, Jan. 19 near Reklaw.
Officials came out and stayed overnight until they could get a search warrant. Valdez, RCSO investigators, the Texas Rangers and members of a forensics team all responded to the location.
The remains were taken to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA testing and dental recognition. Preliminary dental records came in Jan. 27 and identified the body as Flint.
Valdez called Kim’s son, James Flint, to tell him they had found his mother’s remains.
“I actually drove him down there where we found her to help him start to heal because this has been a very long very frustrating event for him to have. Also, he lost his dad last year as well. So, we just wanted to show our support for him and for his family and let him know he can finally start to heal and move on with his life,” said Valdez.
James said he can now have closure.
“I’m just hoping that she passed peacefully and quietly and hopefully not in a lot of pain,” said James. “I’m still angry with how the process went, but I am also happy because I can actually put my mom to rest and get some closure. And, I know that she’s not suffering and I know that she wasn’t you know taken.”
Valdez said foul play is not suspected.
Flint was discovered to be missing in September 2018 when her wrecked car was found abandoned on a bridge.
The black box information indicated that the airbags did not go off, and there was not a passenger inside. Officials also found no blood inside the vehicle.
Her remains were found almost a mile away from where her car was wrecked.