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Search for Larry Riegel Continues, Family Hopes 2014 Brings Answers

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YAKIMA, WA - NBC Right Now with new developments in a missing persons case out of Yakima.

In July, we learned police are calling it a death investigation, and searched two homes in Yakima and Moxee for Larry Riegel's remains. His body wasn't found, but a new detective has uncovered crucial information.

2014. The year Susan Riegel Vaughan is determined to find her missing brother. Larry was last heard from Christmas Day four years ago.

"We want the answers," said Susan. "We're not going to stop. We're not going away. We're going to keep it out in the public eye. I know Larry would do the same thing for me."

Susan and her husband dedicated their little piece of paradise to Larry. A cabin in the woods called Caribou Lodge. An avid hunter, Larry's trophy heads cover the walls.

His family never gives up, and that persistence got the investigation to where it is now. The family said a new detective took over the case and uncovered three important developments.

First, police said there's now multiple persons of interest including Larry's ex-girlfriend Ladena Mann. The others aren't being named.

Second, family members said Larry kept in constant contact with his son, but around the time he went missing more than 75 phone calls were unreturned.

Lastly, police said they discredited all reports that Larry was seen in the lower valley because they're not based on concrete evidence, merely rumors.

"It's very disheartening when we have people come to the fundraisers and they say oh well we were told he was seen," said Susan.

With the turning of a new year, all Susan wants is closure.

Three new billboards picturing Larry's face went up around Yakima Tuesday with the hope that someone will come forward with information. The family is still offering a $10,000 reward for the recovery of Larry's body.