Mother clings to hope her son will receive justice years after his remains were found

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. The mother of a missing teenager whose remains were found a year later in a forest in northwest Jacksonville still hopes for justice five years later.

Corbin Johnson was reported missing after he disappeared after a job interview in 2018. A year later, his remains were found in a wooded area. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it suspects foul play in his death due to the way his body was disposed.

Melissa Jackson, Corbin’s mother, said she would never forget the day his remains were found.

“I really couldn’t identify him. I know I can tell you every day I went to work. I will have days when I will cry, go back to my desk to work,” she said. “I didn’t have a chance to see. I saw it in a picture and I regret not seeing it because I can’t unsee it.”

Jackson said police could identify her son from the chip in his hand after the operation.

“I was told that when you are there for such a long and exhausting time, there is nothing left,” Jackson said. “Only three of his bones were missing.”

Despite the fact that five years have passed without any leads on what happened or who could have done this to her son, Jackson does not give up.

“Go on living. You just have to keep getting up,” Jackson said.

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