Family of missing woman hopes human remains found in Brown County are not her

Kate McGrayal, 26, missing since April 2010

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. - Brown County authorities still have not identified the human remains hunters found nearly two weeks ago. In the meantime, people are remembering the area's missing persons cases.

While some people jumped to thoughts of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, others think of  IU graduate Kate McGrayel.

McGrayel went missing in April 2010 at the age of 26.

Her aunt, Lucy McGrayel, prays for a chance to see her niece alive again.

"We do understand that some remains have been found, here in Brown County. We pray it's not her," Lucy McGrayel said.

Kate McGrayel’s father, Jim McGrayel, said his daughter was camping in the woods not far from her family's house when she disappeared.

On a Facebook page dedicated to finding Kate, family members are discouraging speculation about the identity of the remains.

After getting her degree in graphic design at IU, Kate McGrayel went to work for Campus Crusade for Christ, traveling to Turkey and China for missionary work. 

Lucy McGrayel said until she hears otherwise, she is praying that her niece, whom she describes as smart and gentle, is still somewhere serving others.

"We believed that she needed to do what she needed to do, what she told us she needed to do, and obviously if this is her, we will be shocked beyond words," she said.

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