By SOPHIA PERRICONE
LAS VEGAS (KVVU) – The mother of a 26-year-old woman whose remains were identified on Wednesday morning is speaking out on the case.
Jawaher Hejji was reported missing last Christmas. His bones were found on Black Mountain months later.
Her mother, who asked to be identified only as Ms. Hejji, said her family were shocked that her daughter’s remains were found near the same area where they spent months searching.
âAfter 26 years, raising your daughter and then ending her like that, no. She doesn’t deserve this. She doesn’t hurt anyone. She’s a young woman, âshe said.
She last saw her daughter on December 23, just before noon. She texted him about four hours later, but never got a response. She later learns that this is when her daughter was walking on a trail off Shaded Canyon Drive. Surveillance video shows Jawaher Hejji walking alone on a path near the construction.
Ms. Hejji said she did not know why her daughter would be there. “She’s not the hiking type at all.”
She said detectives refused to show her further footage from the surveillance camera. Jawaher Hejji’s remains were eventually found in the same place where her family spent months looking for her. Her mother said volunteers had scoured the mountains on foot and with drones.
“I’m shocked. I can’t speak. Even my tears freeze,” she said.
Ms. Hejji said she believed the police had mismanaged her daughter’s case from the start. She said detectives told her they believed she left her family to start a new life.
Ms. Hejji fled Palestine to seek asylum in the United States when her daughter was 14. She said she hoped the move would give her children a better life.
“Why is she going to start her new life?” She already has a great life, why is she going to start it? She has a good life, âshe said.
Henderson Police are investigating, but have not disclosed any details. Ms Hejji said she plans to hire a lawyer to help her find answers and get justice in her daughter’s case.
âI don’t want the police department or the coroner’s office to come in, ‘Oh, we don’t know the cause of death.’ It won’t help because I won’t stop to find out what happened. I want the truth, “she said.
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