Updated: 04/21/2014 9:34 PM
Created: 04/15/2014 5:16 PM WDIO.com
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner has positively identified the body found in Duluth last week to be that of a woman who had been missing since last summer.
The decomposed body of Dale Elizabeth Gerard, 74, was found last Tuesday along a fence and brush line near 19th Avenue West and 2nd Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Police said last week they believed it was her, but positive identification was not made until Monday.
Kim Gerard, one of Dale's four sons, told Eyewitness News "it's been a tough nine months for everybody."
Since Dale disappeared, the family has put up signs, searched parks and posted to social media, but nothing worked.
Gerard's body was found about five blocks from where she was last seen getting off a bus last July. Several searches had been conducted in the area. "To me it's like I was right there but I was 50 yards short...a little extra effort and you would have been able to find what you were looking for. It just bugs me that I didn't," Kim said.
Now that Dale's body has been found, Mark Gerard, another one of Dale's sons, said "we get a little closure. We get to go on."
The family is praising police and search teams for their help, but according to Kim, there are many unanswered questions. He said he still wants to know whether Dale suffered, and when she died.
Police are expected to release more information about the manner and cause of Dale's death within the coming weeks.
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