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Lori Hacking’s family expresses gratitude

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"The entire Hacking family would like to express deepest appreciation for the time and effort that has been spent in searching for Lori's remains. The love and support of friends, neighbors and the community continues to give us strength. We hope today's discovery will begin to bring closure to both our family and the Soares families in this tragic event." — Douglas Hacking

"We can not possibly express in words our gratitude to the many people, state and county agencies, private businesses and all others who have been involved in the search for Lori at the landfill.

"We particularly thank the dedicated police officers from the entire county along with the volunteers and dogs who have searched since July 20.

"It means everything to us to find Lori's mortal remains so that we might lay them to rest with the dignity befitting the valiant daughter of God she was.

"We know her body will rise whole, perfect and beautiful again in the resurrection.

"Our heartfelt thanks to those around the world who have been praying with us that her body would be found, and we're especially grateful to Capt. Winkler and the men who have searched so long and so hard under such difficult and unpleasant circumstances to bring closure to our nightmare." — Thelma Soares and Eraldo Soares