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Pine Bluff remains identified as missing girl

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The remains of a young woman found in Pine Bluff this week have been positively identified as missing 23-year-old Maranda Goldman.

Goldman disappeared from the Goodwill in Pine Bluff on October 8. She was supposed to have an interview with the store, but according to Goodwill, she never made it. Her car was discovered just sitting in the parking lot.

Initially investigators at the Pine Bluff Police Department said they did not expect foul play, however, since those remains were found and identified, authorities are now treating the case as a homicide.

"The biggest thing we need to know right now is the cause of death. We don't know if there's any criminal activity involved per se, and we also don't know if it's natural causes or what the case may be. So, we are waiting on the return from the crime lab", explains Lt. David Price with the Pine Bluff Police Department.

Maranda's body was discovered Tuesday, November 10 near the intersection of 38th and Ohio Streets and was positively identified as Goldman on Thursday. With her body, police also found her phone. Family members say while Thursday's revelation brings them more closure, it also brings more questions.

"We are just completely devastated. Our lives are just turned upside down. Knowing that our Maranda isn't going to walk through the door, it's just really hard", says Dana Green, Goldman's aunt.

Many have asked why there isn't a person of interest, or why the surveillance video hasn't been released by the PBPD.

"Since it's an active investigation, we don't always reveal everything we know to protect the integrity of the case" continues Lt. Price.

Maranda Goldman's family says they will wait however long it takes to find out the truth about what happened to her.

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