Man speaks out after finding missing woman's remains

Man speaks out after finding missing woman's remains

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A valley woman's body was discovered in the desert five years ago after she went missing.

Her remains were found in a remote area and were stuffed in a storage box.
   
The man who found the remains is speaking out.

The valley man says he had no idea just how big a discovery he and his friends had made.

At first, they didn't even know they found a body.

We now know it's the remains of a 20-year-old woman who vanished in 2009.

She was supposed to meet at a friend's house that night, but never arrived.

Mesa police called in a missing persons case and for five years they've had no big breaks until this week.

Five years after Jenika Feuerstein went missing.

A group of men out target shooting in the desert stumbled upon an unusual sight that's helping make a big break in the case.

"We look over to the right, we spot this blue container in the middle of the desert, we were like, 'What is that?'," said Martin Contreras.

Contreras says they found the 45-gallon storage box tucked away among bushes near apache lake.

The men looked inside, at first thinking what they saw was just some old clothes, and then they saw bones.

"It looked like animal bones, so we keep messing with it until we saw the sandals and that's when we were like, 'Is this a person?'," said Contreras.

The men then saw a skull and alerted sheriff's deputies who confirmed the 4'11" inch body belonged to the missing woman.

Investigators saying the discovery leaves no doubt Jenika was murdered.

Now they are looking for her killer.

"I'm grateful we found her, I'm just sorry we found her that way. I wish--everybody was probably hoping to find her alive one day," said Contreras.

Contreras says he knows the loss of a loved one all too well.

His younger brother died in a shooting.

He says he's hoping his discovery can bring Jenika's family answers and closure.

"Hopefully the killer gets found because that's somebody that's not right in the head. That's not a way to do something to somebody; it's not human," said Contreras. "Justice will be served when they find him, it will be served."

Mesa police has handed the case over to Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies.

MCSO is trying to interview all of the people related to the original missing persons case.

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