Officials say there may be a break in the case of a Charlotte woman who has been missing for 18 years.
Kristen Modafferi vanished from Oakland, Calif., on June 23, 1997. She left her Oakland home for work and vanished without a trace.
Officials with The Kristen Foundation told WBTV the Madafferi family hired a private investigator with a cadaver dog to go to that home on Thursday.
“When we learned of him, we asked if he would give us some assistance and check out the house where Kristen had rented a room back in 1997 In Oakland, Calif., and he was very willing to do so,” Kristen's father, Bob Modafferi said.
Bob Modafferi said it appeared the dog may have picked up the scent of human remains. The investigator then called Oakland police, who responded to the scene to help with the investigation.
“As it turns out, he did find very strong evidence of human remains in the basement of the home in Oakland where Kristen had lived back in 1997,” he said. “It’s 100 percent there are human remains in that basement. Now, the unknown is how old are those remains. Could be 100 years old, could be 20 years old.”
Kristen attended the School of Design at N.C. State.
According to The Kristen Foundation, she had planned “a summer filled with life experiences in a big city, San Francisco, where she would work, live on her own and take photography courses at the University of California at Berkeley to compliment her major, industrial design.”
She left Charlotte for San Francisco on her 18th birthday on June 1, 1997.
Her father said that to her family, not knowing what happened is the worst part. He said they're still holding out for some type of closure.
“It’s certainly mixed feelings. In a perfect world I'd love to learn Kristen was alive and some unbelievable thing happened to her and she would come back to join our family,” Modafferi said. “Short of that, not knowing what happened to her is the worst. So if we’re able to get closure and determine this is where Kristen is and get justice for whoever did this to her, that would be a tremendous relief to her family.”
Officials have not released further details.