Search for Justin Gaines suspended, indefinitely - KMSP-TV

Search for Justin Gaines suspended, indefinitely

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Equipment was brought to the scene to help dig in a remote area. Equipment was brought to the scene to help dig in a remote area.

Gwinnett County authorities have suspended the search for missing teen Justin Gaines.

On Thursday afternoon several investigative units with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office followed a lead that led them to an old well on a remote road in rural Gwinnett County. Investigators have been on the scene since noon Thursday. 

Sheriff Butch Conway, being very hands on with this case, is at the scene operating the trackhoe.

"It's a case we have been actively investigating with the Gwinnett County Police Department and it developed and (we are) following up on the leads that was a result of our investigation," said Deputy Shannon Volkodav.

Deputy Volkodav said they want to provide the Gaines family with closure. That is something that Justin's mother has been waiting for 6 long year.

"We long for closure. We never want the worst, but we know in our hearts it's going to happen and the sooner, the better. Really, that we have closure, you know, something maybe to help our family move on," said Justin's mother, Erika Wilson.

Wilson said that Justin's birthday is in a few days. He would have been 25 years old. She said it would be nice to give her son a proper goodbye.

Gaines was last seen at Wild Bill's nightclub in Duluth on November 2nd, 2007 at 2 A.M. Gaines was seen on surveillance camera walking away from the establishment. In the years since, his disappearance has sparked national headlines and led to countless hours of searches.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff would not go into details about why they suspended the search.; his office also failed to disclose what they found in the area. Authorities say they do no plan to return to this site, in the future.

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