By Kelly C.
United Kingdom, Age 9
WADMALAW ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Four months after Kate Waring's disappearance, the tireless hunt for her by family, friends, and Charleston authorities appears to have come to a close. Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten has confirmed that skeletal remains found on Wadmalaw Island Saturday are those of Waring.
Waring's family was informed Saturday morning that a female body had been found by a private investigator searching the site on behalf of the family, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. Forensics crews were dispatched to the scene shortly after. By 6:30 Saturday evening the Coroner's Office had confirmed the remains were Waring's.
Once the Waring family had confirmation the remains were Kate's they released the following statement:
''It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that the body of our daughter Kate was found today on Wadmalaw Island. Today's revelation is both shattering and bittersweet. While we will never have the chance to see our beautiful daughter walk down the aisle at her wedding, or see her fulfill her dreams — we can now bring our daughter home and give her the proper burial she deserves.
''We can only imagine that our anguish and pain will not subside for quite some time, but we can now begin the healing process as a family. Thank you to everyone who has kept us in their thoughts and prayers since Kate went missing on the evening on June 12th, 2009. We ask that you please refer any questions about the investigation surrounding this case to the proper authorities.
''Finally, we ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult period. God Bless, Tom and Janice Waring.''
The 28-year-old Waring vanished the night of June 12, after she went to a West Ashley gym, a downtown drug store and a Japanese steakhouse. Surveillance video captured her at the George Street pharmacy at around 8 pm. Her cell phone and credit cards haven't been used since.
Family and friends offered a $25,000 reward through CrimeStoppers.
Charleston police had no new information about the case until Oct. 7, when two people were charged with obstruction of justice and forgery.
Ethan Mack, 29, and Heather Kamp, 30, who reside at 687 Riley Road, are both being held in the Charleston County Detention Center, police said in a release.
Mack and Kamp are dangerous, said Judge Linda Lombard, who added the pair's criminal record also contributed to her decision to set a $200,000 bond Thursday.
Kamp is a fugitive in four states with a second degree robbery conviction, Lombard said. Mack had a couple of drug charges and one gun charge from 2007 that is still pending, she added.
Janice Waring, Kate's mother, was at the bond hearing.
''We feel hopeful,'' Waring said after the hearing. ''We dearly love her. It's been heartbreaking for our family not to know where she is and I'm just hoping that something will break pretty soon.''
Four days after Waring went missing, Mack and Kamp told investigators at around 11:45 p.m. they had dropped off Waring at her Murray Boulevard home in Downtown Charleston.
On September 28, Kamp changed her story and told investigators the story was a lie, an affidavit shows.
The affidavit did not recount Kamp's new story about what happened the night Waring went missing.
On June 15, three days after Waring disappeared; warrants also allege the pair tried to deposit a fake $4,500 check at the South Carolina Federal Credit Union on Folly Road.
Through the investigation it was determined the signature on the check was forged and not that of Waring, police said in a release.
The night Kamp and Mack were arrested, the Waring family released a statement saying, ''We are very thankful for the hard work of the Charleston City Police Department and their effort to help bring Kate home.
''We miss our daughter dearly and hope she can be found as soon as possible.''