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Family of Missing Delaware Woman Hopes Human Remains Are Hers

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Christine Sheddy, above, was last seen on Nov. 13, 2007. Christine Sheddy, above, was last seen on Nov. 13, 2007.
Christine Sheddy's relatives said they are not yet sure what role Clarence Jackson, above, could have played in her disappearance, but hope he at least provides information that could lead to closure for them. Christine Sheddy's relatives said they are not yet sure what role Clarence Jackson, above, could have played in her disappearance, but hope he at least provides information that could lead to closure for them.

SNOW HILL, Md.- Relatives of Delaware woman Christine Sheddy, who went missing from a Pocomoke City house in November 2007, said they hope the human remains unearthed in Snow Hill on Friday are Sheddy's. This would allow closure for the family, according to a family spokesperson.

Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd said the human remains could be identified by the end of the week.

Todd said investigators also found shoes and pants with the human remains, now being referred to as "Jane Doe."

Todd said that until a cause of death can be determined, he is not naming any persons of interest or suspects connected with how the remains got there.

Todd also would not comment on the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Sheddy.

But through a spokesperson, Sheddy's family said a man who was with Sheddy before her disappearance could now be cooperating with police.

That man, Clarence Jackson, is now in a Tennessee jail convicted of arson.

Sheddy's relatives said they are not yet sure what role Jackson could have played in her disappearance, but hope he at least provides information that could lead to closure for them.

Family members say Jackson leased the Pocomoke City house, in which Sheddy was last seen.

Owners of the River House Inn in Snow Hill, where the human remains were found, said Jackson worked as a handyman for them, but were not sure how long ago.

The owners, Larry and Suzanne Knudsen, said they never noticed anything strange or that anything was buried on their property.

"We are doing all we can do to cooperate with Joel Todd and other law enforcement offices, and hope things can return to as normal as can be for a small town," said Larry Knudsen.

Jim Adcock, who owns an art gallery adjacent to the River House Inn property, said he last saw Jackson at the property as recently at 2008.

Either way, Adcock said the sleepy town has gotten a big wake-up.

"I think it's shocking and very sad that something like this happened in Snow Hill," Adcock said. "It's a very quiet town." 

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