It was not the ending a grieving family hoped for. Holly Grim's mother, brothers, and her teenage son got the news early Thursday morning: Holly is no longer missing, but she is not coming home.

"My heart just goes out to them," said Jim Wilkins, part of Wolfpack Search and Recovery, a group of volunteers who have spent the last two years looking for Grim.

"You get to know a lot about that person, and you feel like you know them, when you've been working on this as long as we have," Wilkins said.

Grim was a woman who loved purple, adored her teenage son, and had an incredible bond with her mother, Jeanette.

Jeanette told 69 News just days ago that she wasn't giving up hope. She wouldn't give up hope. The news Thursday has devastated her and the family.

They asked 69 News to allow them to grieve privately, but did say they have felt the love and support of their community for three years, and that has only strengthened.

They also said they are grateful for the tireless work of detectives, police officers, investigators, and so many more who never stopped searching for Grim.

"I am glad that the family has answers now and it'll help the healing process in all this," said Wilkins.