Sheriff: Missing Palmetto woman's remains found

- Outside of Tricia Freeman's Palmetto home, a palm cross woven by hand rests on the front gate.

"I felt kind of dead inside. I mean she was a loving person. She would do anything for anybody," said a friend identified as Cynthia.

Cynthia and her brother Robert drove to Freeman's home Monday afternoon after learning her body was found.

"I'm just more shocked on the lines that it happened. I'm more shocked that the daughter let it happen," said Robert.

What happened is not exactly known. Freeman's friends reported her missing on Wednesday when she didn't show up for work at IHOP.  When they went to her house, they found her dogs alone and her gate had been rammed.

On Thursday, investigators found Freeman's car ditched in Kentucky.  On Saturday, they found Freeman's daughter Kayla Colyer and Colyer's boyfriend Roy Nichols in West Virginia.

They say Nichols admitted to killing Freeman after they got into a fight at her home.  Then, he allegedly said, Colyor helped stuff her mother's body in her trunk.  He told investigators they'd find the body in Levy County.

Monday afternoon, after two days of searching, remains turned up.

"Certainly, we are relieved to find the body. We are anxious to examine the crime scene and her remains, get whatever forensics evidence we can to bring this case to a conclusion," said Chief Scott Tyler.

Colyer and Nichols remain in West Virginia. Investigators are still working to piece together their steps.

"We are looking at her car that they stole that is up in Kentucky. We know it has GPS data that they are working to download," continued Chief Tyler.

For those who knew Freeman, their hearts ache and questions remain.

"The only thing we can do right now is put it in God's hands. The only ones who know the truth are him, the daughter and God. The only one who is going to have the final say so in life is God," added Robert.

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