Alaska Human Remains Point to Family Missing for 10 Months

The family of four, and their dog, went missing in May without a trace.

ByDina Abou Salem
March 23, 2015, 12:24 PM
PHOTO: Brandon Jividen, 38, Rebecca Adams, 23, and Adams' children, Michelle Hundley, 6, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, were reported missing in May 2014.
Brandon Jividen, 38, Rebecca Adams, 23, and Adams' children, Michelle Hundley, 6, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, were reported missing in May 2014.
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LOS ANGELES— -- Human remains and clothing discovered on a trail near Kenai, Alaska, Saturday night may be linked to a family of four who went missing less than a year ago, according to the Kenai Police Department.

"Officers responded to the scene, which is in the area between Alpine Drive and Borgen Avenue where they located the clothing and human remains," officials told ABC News.

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Kenai police say Rebecca Adams, 23, Brandon Jividen, 38, and Adams' children, Jaracca Hundley, 3, and Michelle Hundley, 6, along with the family dog, Sparks, were reported missing in May 2014.

PHOTO: On March 22, 2015, a Kenai police officer walks down a trail leading to a temporary camp where police and Federal Bureau of Investigations personnel are working to identify human remains.
On March 22, 2015, a Kenai police officer walks down a trail leading to a temporary camp where police and Federal Bureau of Investigations personnel are working to identify remains of what Kenai Police believe to be a family who have been missing for nearly 10 months from their Kenai, Alaska home.
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Police also said items observed at the scene seem to match those identified as missing from the family residence. "A very preliminary scene assessment has revealed information that points to the Kenai family that turned up missing in May of 2014," officials said in the statement.

But Kenai police still need to conduct a complete scene investigation in order to make positive identifications from the remains.

The FBI, which has been assisting with the case from the beginning, is sending an evidence response team to assist its investigators with the comprehensive scene investigation, officials said.

The weekend discovery came as a disappointment to family relatives. “We had that glimmer of hope all year long," Dennis Gifford, the children’s uncle, told ABC News, "and now with this news it’s all gone."

PHOTO: Investigators set up a temporary facility between Alpine Drive and Borgen Avenue, March 22, 2015, after finding human remains that could be a family from Kenai, Alaska.
Investigators set up a temporary facility between Alpine Drive and Borgen Avenue, March 22, 2015, after finding the remains of what Kenai Police believe to be a family that has been missing for nearly 10 months from their Kenai, Alaska home.
Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion/AP Photo

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