DALTON, Ark. (AP) _ Bones found by a hunter have been identified as those of an 8-year-old girl who vanished more than two years ago when her family was murdered.

The bones, discovered Friday in a remote area a few miles south of the Missouri state line, were confirmed to be the remains of Felicia Elliott on Monday, state police said.

The murders remain unsolved.

Felicia's whereabouts had been a mystery since July 30, 1998, when police discovered the bodies of Lisa Elliott, 27, and her 7-year-old son Gregory at the family's home in Dalton. Both had been bludgeoned to death.

Two days later the body of Carl Elliott, 30, who had been the chief suspect in the case, was found in a nearby river. An autopsy found that he was also murdered, shot at least once in the head.

``The whole time, we've wondered where Felicia was, and tragically now we know the answer to that,'' Arkansas State Police Sgt. Stan Witt said.

State police did not release further details, including how the girl died and where the bones were found.

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