Mother speaks out about discovery of her son's skeletal remains

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For the first time we're hearing from the family of a man whose skeletal remains were recently found in Richmond.

"It was like somebody shattered my whole world," said Cleveland's mother, Mary Peoples. "I didn't know what to feel.  It was like I had no feelings at all.  I never thought it would end that way."

Cleveland Peoples Jr., 33, went missing in June 2006.   His remains were found earlier this month in the 3800 block of McGuire Drive near McGuire VA Hospital in South Richmond.

Today, loved ones say they have questions about his disappearance and his death.

"He would always call somebody in the family and I thought it was strange he'd come up missing.  No one heard from him," Mary said.

Over the years Peoples says she'd hope for the best.

"In my mind he had just left maybe to start his life over -- get his life together. Then he'd come back to his family," Mary said.

Cleveland graduated from Meadowbrook High School. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corp -- something his mother said he'd always wanted to do.

Loved ones say there are still plenty of questions  about how Cleveland died and what led to his death.

"Cleveland was popular.  He had a lot of friends.   Who would want to hurt him.  We need closure. We need information," said family friend, Debbie Coe.

Peoples and other friends and family members are pleading with the public to get involved -- to help solve this mystery.

"I'm hoping somebody comes forward and says something because you got to put yourself in my shoes what if it were your child -- you'd want to know," Mary said.

A memorial service for Cleveland will take place Friday at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Petersburg. The service will start at two in the afternoon  the public is invited to attend.

If you have any information in on this case call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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