Mar 17, 2013 10:07 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
It's been three years since 11-year-old Ivy Marie Leinen went missing, now her mother is urging anyone who finds remains along the Missouri River to turn them in.
On March 14, 2010, police say they believe Leinen slipped through the ice into the Missouri River while walking her dog near Poplar.
Earlier this month Leinen would have turned 14.
Leinen is still considered missing and authorities have just released an aged progression photo.
To deal with her disappearance, Leinen's mother Anita said she's doing all she can to help out in the case, as well as assist other families of missing persons by providing them with information she's learned about the process.
While doing some research, Anita said she has come upon stories about people who collect bones, sometimes human remains, as souvenirs.
Though it may be a hobby for some, Anita said families that lose a loved one need the closure of knowing what happened and she wishes for those people to turn those bones in.
"It would make my life if my daughter could come home, whether she's alive or deceased," Anita Leinen said. "If I would get a chance to put her to rest or hug her one last time, that would mean more to me than anything."
Anita said her local police department has been very helpful during the investigation and believes with the newest forensic technology there will be answers.
She urges any family with a missing person to submit their DNA to be entered in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.