Remains found in July are missing Dinwiddie man

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DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - Closure tonight for a local family who's loved one went missing more than two years ago.

Remains found in July in a canal near the Appomattox River off Ferndale Road are those of Gerald Randell "Randy" Marion, 25.

Marion's mother, Sharon, calls the news bitter sweet.

"The big black cloud that I've been carrying around for 929 days dissipated. I'm at peace," said Sharon Marion.

It was a Saturday night in February 2008 when Marion went out for a spin on his ATV.

He was riding on a trail in a wooded area near a canal that leads to the Appomattox River.

His ATV was found overturned near that canal but there was no sign of Marion.

"We wore our ribbons daily hoping he'd come home," said Sharon Marion.

Several searches were held in the days following Marion's disappearance but each one turned up empty.

Last month, police conducted another search near the canal when water levels were low.

Skeletal remains and clothing were found  a bit further down the canal from where the overturned ATV was located.

Friday morning, the medical examiner's office confirmed those remains belong to Marion.

"I felt him hug me and he said mom I'm okay and that has been the best feeling I can't begin to describe," said Sharon Marion.

The medical examiner has not determined a cause of death.  Even so, Marion's family says it has a strong idea of what went wrong.

"It was just a tragic accident.  It was dark, he'd been drinking and I think he just misjudged a turn," said Sharon Marion.

Now, Sharon is trying to move forward.  She say she knows she'll see Marion again, one day.

The Marion family is in the process of planning a service. They say it will take place after Labor Day.

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