RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Relatives confirmed for NBC12 on Monday that the remains found Friday along train tracks near Jennie Scher Road are those of missing mother Katasha Johnson.
The family says investigators met with them on Monday to let them know the remains were positively identified as Johnson's
Richmond's Police Chief says human remains have been found alongside train tracks, not far from the home where a missing mother lived.
The area is near Jennie Scher Road in Richmond's East End. Crime scene tape has gone up and Chief Alfred Durham says workers clearing brush found body parts in a bag near the train tracks earlier on Friday morning. Chief Durham says it is not known if the remains are of a man or woman.
The location is not far from the home of Katasha Johnson, the Richmond mother who disappeared after dropping her child off at day care last week.
For Karen Johnson, having no information is the scary part. Though she hasn't been told whether or not the body found on the property is her daughter Katasha, she can't help but think the worst. She hasn't seen or heard from her daughter in more than a week.
"She would not leave her kids behind, never. Anyone who knows my daughter [knows] she would not leave her kids behind. She loved these kids. She would not do this to these kids. She had to be somewhere where she couldn't make it to these kids," Johnson said.
Richmond police chief Al Durham says the body was discovered by workers clearing off this recently purchased property. They noticed a foul smell coming from a bag. They called officers who put a small hole in the bag, and found a human arm and leg.
Durham says officers with cadaver dogs recently searched the area.
"They were just out here yesterday with six dogs and this is an area that the dogs did not hit on," Richmond Police Chief Durham said.
Family members and friends of Katasha Johnson stood by today waiting patiently for answers.
"It's hard to go on day-to-day, you can't eat. You can't sleep. You try to go on as if nothing has happened, but it has happened to our family."
A family standing together in this time of sorrow and at the same time calling on the community for help.
"If you know something, somebody please call, I'm begging you please call because this is a tragedy to me and my family and her kids."
Katasha's children are now staying with family members.
The 26-year-old dropped her daughter off at a day care center last Wednesday morning and was due to work at a bakery. Police say when she didn't show up there, her boss called her other job the Dollar General store on Airport Drive in Henrico. But the manager says they had not seen her either.
Johnson's car, a gold-colored, four-door 2001 Volvo, has been located, but no one has seen Johnson.
Johnson, who lives in the 1300 block of Jennie Scher Road, is a black female, 5'1", 120 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. On her right arm is a tattoo: MYA. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and tan slacks, according to police.
Anyone with information about Katasha Johnson's disappearance is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.