Devin Bond’s mother Heather Simmers-Bond on Wednesday night confirmed her son’s remains were found.
Simmers-Bond made the announcement on her Facebook page Titled “Bring Devin Home.” She wrote, “We are devastated at the loss of our son, Devin. Our goal was to bring Devin home and we are bringing him home, just not in the way we had hoped. Rest In Peace sweet boy and we will be counting the days until we are together again. Thank you to Detective Pinson, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and all the searchers that helped locate our son, we are forever grateful.”
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office had led a multi-agency search in the Barfield-Crescent area on Tuesday and Wednesday in the area where Bond’s cell phone was last picked up on March 31, 2017. The RCSO has not said what led to the search after more than two-and-a-half years.
The Riverdale High School student was 17 when he disappeared, media reports from the time said.
Earlier Wednesday, the RCSO said searchers had found human remains in the Barfield area but an identity was not available at the moment. The remains were found in heavily wooded terrain, Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said.
Friends of the Bond family started a GoFundMe campaign with a $10,000 goal to cover funeral expenses.