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Family members looking for answers in missing persons case

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EVANSVILLE (WKOW)-- A Madison family is seeking closure as authorities in Rock County are awaiting the results of more tests regarding human remains found in a fire pit outside an Evansville home.

They believe the remains are that of 18-year-old Aprina Paul from Fitchburg who has been missing for more than a week.

"I know it's going to take time," Aprina Paul's mother Alice Larrue says.

Time has moved slowly at Larrue's house the past few days, as she waits to hear if her missing daughter has finally been found.

She and other family members have been told by officials that human remains found over the weekend at an Evansville home are most likely Aprina, but the thought of her being gone hasn't sunk in.

"Is this really my daughter? I don't want it to be," Larrue says.

"It just still feels like a dream to me," Aprina's godmother Latasha Lenoir says. "I don't even think that she's gone. I'm still like waiting on her to come home."

Family members say Paul worked part-time with the after-school program at Leopold Elementary, through Madison School and Community Recreation. She was also enrolled at Madison College pursing a career in nursing.

"As she started getting a little older she just loved caring for children. She loved working with children. She told me she was going to school for nursing and then she got to talking about pediatrician," Larrue says.

Family members say investigators took a laptop from their house and are investigating it's files. They say officials told them Paul recently responded to an ad 29-year-old Nathan Middleton placed on Craigslist about "partying."

Police say it was Middleton who told them Paul's remains could be found at his home. He's in custody at the Rock County jail for a probation violation, and hasn't been formally charged in this missing person's case.

Family members still don't know why the two would have been together at Middleton's home, where Paul's possible remains were found.

"It's just sad that she's gone and we'll never see her again," Lenoir says.

Family members have organized candle light vigil in Paul's honor. It will take place 6:00 pm Tuesday at Penn Park in Madison. The family is inviting everyone in the community to attend.

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EVANSVILLE (WKOW)-- Family members of 18-year-old Aprina Paul have organized a candlelight vigil for Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at Penn Park. According to family members and friends Paul was last seen Sunday getting into a car with a strange man outside of her home in Fitchburg.

Rock County detectives believe they may have found Paul's remains outside of an Evansville home in the 12000 block of Highway 14 Saturday morning. Officials have determined that they are female human remains, but are still conducting tests to positively identify them.

Paul has been missing since getting into the car of an unknown man outside of her home on King James Way in Fitchburg Sunday, October 27. 

Alice Larrue, Paul's mother, tells 27 News that Rock County Sheriff's investigators told her that Aprina recently responded to an ad Middleton had placed on Craigslist about "partying."

"At this time I can't really comment on that," said Spoden.  "I can tell you that we've had discussions with him."

Tonight on 27 News at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. we'll hear from family members who share more about Aprina Paul and her many life goals and career aspirations.

 


 

 

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