Parents of Jonelle Matthews call discovery of her remains ‘an absolute miracle’ 34 years later

34 years after her disappearance, the remains of Jonelle Mathews were found.

Gloria Matthews was totally surprised by the call.

“While we heard it, it was obviously a real shock,” she recalled.

The Greeley, Colorado’s police detective, was on the other end of the line last week. He’s got some long-awaited news.

“We were both really shocked and surprised,” said Matthews.

Jonelle Matthews was twelve years old when she disappeared after a Christmas concert in December of 1984, her husband, Jim Matthews added.

Her case stumped the detectives and put an entire country on alert.

Last week, a crew in Weld County discovered her remains on a petroleum and gas well. The Greeley police said Matthews ‘ skull was recovered and she was wearing some of the clothes that she was wearing that same night.

“The crew would never have found her, had they dug up to 15-20 feet on one side or the other,” said Matthews ‘ dad. “So we really believe that God has provided a miracle for this to happen,” the parents said who now live in Costa Rica.

On Monday night, they returned to Colorado and plan to meet the investigators in the city. The police did not say whether the discovery of the remains of Jonelle led to further developments in the case.

The Matthews’ hope to plan Jonelle’s memorial service in the next few days.

Ten years after her disappearance, they held a service for her.

Jim Matthews explained, “The reason was to release her.” “To say, ok, we’ve been searching for so long and we haven’t found her, and we may never find her, but we wanted to memorialize her. And I know both of us, the day after we did that, it was like a huge burden off of our shoulders.” After the new discovery, the family of Jonelle hopes that another memorial will aid and help the community with closure.


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Jim Matthews said: “We have a tremendous amount of friends and support from Greeley,” “So we’re all going to be celebrating this, I feel. Closure is important. To know that we found her remains and what happened to her, but also to move on and to celebrate her life.” “We want to celebrate with giving her honor and dignity, because she definitely didn’t have that,” said Gloria. “And so we want to do that this time. We’re at peace with the fact that she is with the Lord, and that is our greatest comfort.”

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