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Family of Jamie Metzger never gave up hope they'd find her

Body was found in container in Williams Twp. home.

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - "They never gave up hope, they never gave up hope."

The family of 38-year-old Jamie Metzger lost a piece of their lives when she went missing in April 2014.

After a year without answers, they hired Jim Wilkins with WolfPack Search and Recovery.

"We're kind of the front line with some of the family members," Jim explains, adding, "We try to do what we can to give them some peace of mind."

He and his team reached out to people Jamie knew, they did physical searches for her, but they didn't find her.

Then a body was found at a Williams Township home that was familiar to Wilkins and his team.

"Due to the connection to Jamie, we had a strong feeling, that it was more than likely her," Wilkins said.

The home is owned by the parents of Carl Maes, a man Wilkins says Jamie had a relationship with.

"They were…" Wilkins pauses, then adds, "We'll call them acquaintances. They had actually lived together at one point in time…He was someone we looked at early on, and he was also someone that the family felt very strongly about, that could've been possibly involved in her disappearance, so I think they had a very strong feeling early on."

Neither Wilkins nor the police can speak with Maes about Jamie now; he died on November 2.

When we ask about Jamie's family's closure, Wilkins says, "I think in some ways it's closure that they need, but it opens up a whole new chapter to the wheres, the whens, and the why, and unfortunately, due to some of the circumstances, I don't know if they'll ever get the why."

The DA's office says they will try to get those answers as the investigation moves forward.

Wilkins gave us a statement from Becky Wright, who says she was Jamie's best friend.

She writes, "I feel so sad how her life ended. She never deserved this. I pray she can feel all the love from her friends and family. We will always love her and hold her in our hearts."

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