Nov 13, 2010 7:39 PM by Matt Stafford

Family waiting to hear confirmed ID on remains from Teller Co.

A skull found Sunday in Teller County is being checked to confirm if it belongs to Rebecca Magallanes.

The 44-year-old Florence woman went missing last November. Her torso was found in Custer County a week after she disappeared, but that was all.

A picture of the skull was placed online by the hunters who found it. That's where Magallanes' brother Vincent Magallanes and his wife, Pamela, first heard about it -- stirring up feelings that are painful, and still very fresh.

"Anytime something is found, we hate to think that it might be Rebecca," Pamela Magallanes explains. But, at the same time, they don't want it to be anyone else.

"Those thoughts are always in your mind, I mean, it's constantly," Pamela says. "There's not a moment that goes by that I don't think that there's something else that I can do."

They've been helping investigators when asked, and are now waiting on a trial for John Paul Williams, Rebecca's former boyfriend. He was arrested in July.

Williams is due in court in Fremont County on November 22nd, for a competency hearing. Vincent and Pamela plan on attending.

The family says they won't rest easy until all of Rebecca's remains are found, but they also want to see action from the legal system.

"We believe a conviction and the death penalty is what will really close it for us," Pamela says.

William's is facing a first degree murder charge in Rebecca's death.

Teller County's Coroner, Dr. Earl Byrne, says he's waiting on dental records for confirmation on the identity of the remains found earlier this week.


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