Memorial for Missing Teenager

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July 5, 2005 was the last time anyone saw 19-year-old Justin Curcie alive. On September 15, authorities found what turned out to be Curcie's remains in a field near Wewahitchka.

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office says the teenager was murdered. Curcie’s mother says she still can't believe it.

"It's been rough. We have our good days and our bad days, but we do what we can to get through. We would like to see somebody caught," said Justin's mother, Peggy Carter.

Gulf County Sheriff Dalton Upchurch says they're close to an arrest.

"We work on this case virtually every single day," Upchurch said.

But Upchurch says he doesn't want to rush to make an arrest until he's got all of his ducks in a row.

"We would have liked an arrest 364 days ago, but in reality we're going to make sure we have what we need for a conviction and arrest," said Upchurch.

Curcie's mom says she has no choice but to sit and wait.

"It's kind of like saying good-bye to your son and you're leaving him forever, which is not something I planned on doing, but I don't have any other choice now; somebody made that choice for me," said Justin's mother Peggy Carter.

If you have any information on Justin Curcie's murder you can call 227-1115 or 785-TIPS.