Yakima, WASH.--It's been eight years since an 11-year old Kittitas boy went missing, and his family is now seeking closure.
Cody Haynes would be 19-years old. His picture adorns the walls of his mother's home in Yakima, a constant reminder of her lost little boy.
"I expect to hear some news, just none of it positive," said Cody's mother, Lisa Doney.
Cody was declared missing from his father's house in Kittitas in September of 2004. His older sister, Samantha Dobbs, said Cody was sent to his bedroom by their step-mother for bad behavior, and that was the last time she saw him. Police reports said no one allegedly checked on Cody for 18 hours.
Dobbs said there was a lot of physical abuse in that household, and the family doesn't think he made it out of that room.
"Not alive, I don't," said Doney.
Now, eight years later, Cody's family is formally seeking a death certificate.
"They can't have closure, so if they have something tangible in their hands that says my brother's gone, I think it'll help with the grieving process," said Doney.
Even though Cody's family may have acknowledged that he's not coming back, the pain of his loss will always be there.
"I just wish I could just pick up the phone and maybe call him," said Dobbs. "Talk to him. Here his voice."
"Being a mom, you don't give up," said Doney.
The family wants others to learn from Cody's case, especially children who are victims of domestic violence.
"Go to a teacher and persist," said Dobbs. "I was scared. I didn't talk to nobody. But if you go to a teacher or like a grandparent, somebody that's not in the home. Do it."
Cody's family said even though a piece of paper will declare him officially dead, they'll never stop holding vigils to get his face out there. People can also visit a Facebook page called "Find Cody Haynes" to see updates from his family members.