Updated: June 30, 2020 06:32 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 05:10 PM
Investigators have released the remains of 19-year-old Dystynee Avery to her parents. Her family said it is the first step for them in finding closure.
Avery's body was discovered in a Moorhead landfill in April. Police said she had been dismembered.
"I wish she was here," said Doreen Avery, Dystynee's mother, after picking up the cremated remains of her daughter. "It brings me a little bit of peace because I know that I'm able to bring her home and put her to rest where she wanted to be, but at the same time, I'd rather have her be alive."
Avery was reported missing in early April. Her body was found a few weeks later.
Avery's roommate, 27-year-old Ethan Broad, is charged with second-degree murder in her death.
He told police they had gotten into a fight. He admitted to killing Avery, dismembering her body with a saw, putting the parts into garbage bags and throwing them into dumpsters near his Moorhead apartment.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS learned Broad had been under court-ordered care of Catholic Charities North Dakota for eight years due to "several mental health disorders" and being "unable to care for himself or make responsible decisions." He was released just a few months before the killing.
"I just don't understand why he would do what he did and I hope spends the rest of his life in jail," Doreen Avery said.
Andrea Payne, David Erno and Brandon Erbstoesser are accused of helping cover up the crime.
Dystynee's parents said, for the past two months, they have been waiting for the day they could lay their daughter to rest. They said, before her death, she had told them she wanted to be back home in Colorado, so that is where they plan to bury her.
The family plans to hold a celebration of life for Dystynee in mid-July and will bury her on what would have been her 20th birthday in August.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral costs.
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