Authorities identify remains of teen missing since 1997

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HOUSTON -- The remains of a 17-year -old girl have been identified nearly 20 years after she disappeared.

Jessica Cain was last seen in 1997 after leaving a high school party in Houston.

The remains were found March 18 after investigators dug for more than three weeks in a pasture pointed out by 56-year-old William Reece. He's already serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping one woman.

Reece also led authorities to remains identified as those of 20-year-old college student Kelli Cox, who had been missing from Denton in North Texas since 1997.

Cain's family say they are relieved to know what finally happened to her.

Investigator Audrey Carter of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences says the remains were identified through DNA analysis.