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HENDRICKS COUNTY – One family that has been searching for its loved one for 13 years feared the worst Monday after bones were discovered in Hendricks County.

In an exclusive interview with Fox 59 News, Lani Dao expressed disbelief that the Hendricks County coroner had stated there were no active missing person cases in the area.

“When I heard about that, I was really angry,” she said.

Lani’s brother, Pha Dao, was last seen on July 12, 2000, within a few miles of where human remains were discovered in a metal container in any empty lot Monday.

The Brownsburg police chief confirmed Pha Dao’s case is an active missing person case, but said it was too early to speculate whether the remains are his.

Pha was 18 years old when his parents let him go out that fateful July evening, his sister said.

“My mom, she misses him so much,” Lani Dao said by phone.  “They cry every year.  They buy a present and leave it in his room and [hope] he will come contact them.”

“It’s been like hell,” she continued. “You don’t know where he is or if he’s still alive.  I just know nothing.”

Fox 59 News has been told male clothing and shoes were found with the bones inside the container.  No other identifying information has been released, but Lani wonders whether a dragon necklace her brother might have been wearing was inside.

Forensic pathologists could take weeks to identify the remains found this week.

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