Families hold their breaths as bones are sent off for identification

Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 4:18 PM EST
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On May 7th, 2015 Natasha Fugate went missing from her home in the Fisty Community of Knott County.

Fugate left behind her family, which includes her two sons.

Ola Chaffins is Fugate's grandmother and describes the past four years in two words.

"Pure hell," said Chaffins.

Chaffins still fights back tears when talking about her granddaughter.

"You hope and pray that it's not but on the other hand you want closure. It's just, I don't know how to describe it," said Chaffins.

When news like this arrives Fugate's family, along with families of other people missing from the area, holds out hope it may bring an end to their long-running nightmare.

"You go down the road thinking she could be there. You look on the mountain, could she be there? Where could she be?" said Chaffins.

As the days go by Chaffins begs for her granddaughter to come home, or for someone who knows where she is to come forward.

"There's always someone missing, she'll always be missing but you just do the best you can every day," said Chaffins.

As she waits to find out what came of her granddaughter, she knows that while the bones would give her the answer as to where Fugate is, she hopes it does not close the chapter on a life cut short.

"But I hope and pray it's not her, as long as you don't know you got faith that she will show up one time or another. But if you know that's her then you know it's over with, you can put it to rest," said Chaffins.

There is still a $15,000 reward for information leading to Fugate or who may be involved in her disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at (606) 435-6069.