The agonizing wait for a family in Southern California whose son went missing at a campground last July is over.
Officials have determined that bones found in the area where he disappeared belong to nine-year-old David Gonzales.
"I know where is my son," Jose Gonzales, David's father said. "He's in heaven by God, I appreciate your compassion. Thank you and for the moral support. Thank you everybody."
The remains of David Gonzales, including his skull, were found by hikers Sunday at the Hanna Flat Campground, where his family was staying when David went to their truck on July 31 to get cookies.
Deputy coroner David van Norman said 20 to 25 percent of David's skeletal remains were recovered.
"The dental evidence that was collected at the scene was provided to our consulting forensic odontologist, Doctor Greg Golden. The remains were provided to him on Tuesday morning and he contacted our department yesterday afternoon and provided a positive identification of the remains of David Gonzales," van Norman said.
Additional searches will be conducted hopefully to find more remains that could help answer the question how the boy died.
While no options have been closed, investigators feel strongly that a Cougar was responsible.