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Katie Cook's family happy to be bringing her home

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(08/16/12) - It's the day her family feared may never come.

Last week, after seven years, it did.

The new developments, in the Katie Cook case, were detailed at a news conference Wednesday.

Mt. Morris Township Police Scott McKenna delivered the news to Cook's family, in Oakland County, in person last week.

"We were right here, at home, sitting on the porch," says Jenni Cook, Katie's younger sister. "He (McKenna) just sat right in that chair and said, 'Alright, we got her. We found her.'"

Katie's remains had been found in a Gaines Township cornfield after a 15 day dig through acres of farmland.

Investigators say she was murdered.

Cook's sister and mother say they always suspected her boyfriend had killed her.

He is the person police and prosecutors point to as well.

He's in jail now in Missouri and charged in an unrelated attack on another woman.

Cook and that boyfriend lived together, in Mt. Morris Township, and had been dating for about a year according to Cook's mother Mary Cook.

"You raise your children to be afraid of strangers, but who would ever think someone you loved would do this vicious deed and then throw you away like a piece of garbage? None of us expected this," Mary Cook said.

"It came as a shock. Katie, surely, didn't see it," she says.

Katie was 23, working and attending college.

"She was a really, truly good individual," Mary says.

Her family says they knew something was wrong when they didn't hear from her.

"She was constantly on her phone," Jenni said.

Seven years would pass with the same officer moving up the ranks, but staying on the case.

"When we lost hope, he gave us hope," Mary says. "Now that she'll be home with us again we can go on with our lives a little happier that she's home."

Mary says she is truly grateful McKenna was assigned to her daughter's case and also thankful to all involved in the recent events.

She wiped away tears saying she wishes she could personally give every person a hug and tell them, "we are so happy Katie is finally coming home."

The family plans to have Katie's remains cremated.

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