Human remains found inside car connected to mysterious 1998 missing person case

Human remains have been found inside a car connected to a missing person’s case dating back to the late 1990s.

Police in the US state of Arkansas received a call on Tuesday from a non-profit group called Adventures with Purpose, who travel the country working on cold cases.

The group told cops that a car matching the description of the one belonging to Samantha Jean Hopper – a 20-year-old mother who was reported missing along with her 22-month-old daughter, Courtney Holt, in September 1998 – was found in a body of water, CNN reports.

Hopper, who was pregnant at the time, was reportedly on her way to drop off her toddler, in her blue Ford Tempo before continuing on to a concert, when the pair went missing.

Investigators were called to the scene and requested assistance from a crane and a towing service to remove the car which was submerged under eight feet of water.

After the car was pulled to shore, human remains were discovered inside the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office revealed that the remains were subsequently sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for DNA testing.

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Sheriff Shane Jones said: “The Pope County Sheriff's Office would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Samantha Hopper and Courtney Holt.

"We are thankful to have been a small part of helping bring this 23-year-old case to closure."

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