Investigators recovered Myers’ remains on Saturday in the desert near Whitewater about two and a half months after she was first reported missing. Her death has been deemed suspicious.
While some attendees were critical of the amount of time it’s taken law enforcement to recover the young girl’s body, Myers’ adoptive mother praised the work of investigators.
“I really appreciate Mesa County for finding my daughter and for going after these people,” said Myers adoptive mother Kim Lee. “Because I want them to pay for what they’ve done.”
Myers’ loved ones mourned the loss of her life on Wednesday evening. Many said she was an intelligent and feisty girl who ended up going down a destructive path in life.
“Everybody makes mistakes, she just didn’t have time to fix hers,” said friend to Myers Norma Campbell.
Home life for the young girl was described on separate accounts as unstable.
“Her biological mother died a few years ago, and she had a really hard time with that,” said Lee.
She subsequently found herself in trouble with the law on multiple occasions.
“I don’t think the justice system did her right,” said Campbell. “If they were harsh on her… she would have done good.”
Very few details have been released into the death of Myers as Sheriff’s officials cite the ongoing investigation.
Myers was first reported missing by her family in mid-December. She had not been heard from or seen since.