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Woman's remains found near TIA, father speaks

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A missing woman has been found, but it's not the news the family was hoping to hear.

For the first time, we're getting an idea of what may have led to the death of Jessica Nuanez after investigators identified remains belonging to the young woman.

The family of Nuanez questions its own safety now that its daughter's missing person case has turned into a homicide case.

Jessica's father says it has been a painful process. He says Pima County Sheriff's investigators showed up on his doorstep yesterday to tell him remains discovered back in January belong to his daughter.

"I was hoping they would find her alive, but reality kicked in."

Jessica went missing back in October of 2011; there was a fire at her apartment and Jessica was nowhere to be found.

The family knew something was wrong. "The people she was hanging out with, they weren't good people, let's put it that way."

Joseph says drugs may have played a role, a dark world where his daughter did not belong.

"I just know there [were] two guys she was hanging out with that just popped up and she came up missing."

Investigators are now trying to figure out what happened to Jessica and how her body wound up in the desert.

"Her clothes were found next to her body. There were no clothes on her so that makes me think they probably raped her," her dad said.

Joseph is pleading for help for someone to come forward with information.

"I know somebody knows something. They need to speak up because she didn't deserve what happened to her. To be found, thrown in the desert; it's awful."

Investigators are not sharing much information at this point. If you have information, please call police or 88-CRIME.

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