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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Mystery still surrounds the human remains found at the Wheeler Downtown Airport in early August. A family was hoping the discovery would bring them some closure, but that's not going to happen.
It's one of the more colorful times in Kansas City's history. It was the mid-50s and two powerful mafia factions were fighting for control. The fights often turned deadly, with many bodies of victims never found.
"It felt very nice to think about him for a day or so," Mary Saggart said.
Saggart, 80, was just 21 years old when her uncle, Nick Erogovich, went missing.
She said he was tied up in mob activity in 1955 when his car was found abandoned at the Wheeler Downtown Airport. Erogovich was never heard from again.
Many assumed he skipped town, but Saggart said her uncle would never do that.
"There's no way he would have done that without letting the family know. He was always very family-oriented," Saggart said.
When Saggart heard human remains were found underneath a taxi-way at the Downtown Airport, she thought maybe her family would get the peace of mind that has eluded them for more than 60 years. It's a loss that was especially difficult for Ergovich's late mother.
"It was really hard. Every time his name was mentioned, she wept, so after 10 years or so we tried not to mention the name because we didn't want her to cry," Saggart said.
To give people a true sense of just how difficult Ergovich's disappearance was on his family, a person should walk through the Kansas City, KS, cemetery where his family plot is. Though he was never found, his mother, desperate for closure, added his name to the family headstone.
Hopes that the remains found in early August were those of Saggart's uncle were dashed when a forensic anthropologist estimated them to be 80 to 150 years old, a time frame that doesn't match up with Ergovich's disappearance.
While it's a disappointment to Saggart, she said she still has hope her uncle's body will be found one day.
Police haven't said whether the human remains found belong to a man or a woman.
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