Antonio Neill, who was 22-years-old at the time of his disappearance, is now presumed dead, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said. The cause of death has yet to be determined as investigators continue to search the area where the remains were discovered.
“At least I know he has moved onto a better place and he can rest in peace, I hope,” Neill’s mother, Jenny, told Q13 FOX. “But I won’t stop fighting to find out what happened to him.”
Beachgoers discovered the foot on New Year’s Day while walking along Jetty Island, located 30 miles north of Seattle in the Puget Sound, KOMO News reported. The foot appeared to have been in the water for a long time before washing ashore, according to the station.
Neill’s family reported him missing on Dec. 12, 2016. He had just gone with his mother to get a new driver’s license because his wallet and car had been stolen, Q13 FOX reported. At the time, Neill was described as homeless with a history of depression, according to KOMO.
Anyone with information about Antonio Neill’s disappearance is asked to call the department’s anonymous tip line at 425-388-3845.