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Rusk County officials find remains of Kim Flint who's been missing since Sept. 2018

Flint was last at her home in Laneville on Sept. 26, 2018.

RUSK COUNTY, Texas — Nearly four years after her disappearance in Rusk County, the remains of Kimberly Flint have been found.

According to Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez, Flint's remains were located Thursday, Jan. 20, in a wooded area on property located near Richey Ln. in Reklaw.

Kimberly was last at her home in Laneville on Sept. 26, 2018.

According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, it was at just after 3 p.m. that day when she was last heard from when she spoke to her husband over the phone. Later that evening, she was reported missing by her husband and son.

Her son, James Flint, says his mom was struggling with her mental health before the crash. 

'I believe the mental mental illness or depression she had probably overtook her at that moment," James said. "For her to just get in the vehicle and leave without no reason,  leaving everything there. I don't think she was in her right mind when this occurred."

It was discovered Kimberly had crashed at the Angelina River bridge. When the vehicle was located, however, she was nowhere to be found.

The investigation from the scene indicated Kimberly was traveling at 83 miles per hour when she crashed, according to the sheriff's office. After the car hit the side of the bridge, it didn't stop. Due to the collision not being head-on, the car traveled another 300 yards until the front right tire folded up, officials said.

Not only did the airbags not deploy but there wasn't any blood found in the car.

James lost his father to COVID-19 in 2021. On Thursday, Sheriff Valdez called James into his office to confirm his mom was gone, too.  

“I kind of broke down and started crying," James said. "A lot of emotions were running through me.”

He said the discovery is the painful closure he’s still grateful for.

“I can actually start grieving in a normal way now," James said. "Because you can't really grieve when you don’t know whether somebody's dead or alive."

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