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Monica Sykes' mother believes her daughter is still alive

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Monica Sykes family has increased the reward to $20,000 for her return. (Credit: Monica Sykes family) Monica Sykes family has increased the reward to $20,000 for her return. (Credit: Monica Sykes family)
NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A North St. Louis County mother is holding out hope that her daughter will come back home.

It has been more than three months since Monica Sykes disappeared.
 
Over the weekend searchers found human remains, but at this point the identity is unknown. Monica's mom, Regina Sykes, is speaking out for the first time since that discovery. She says she's living every mother's worst nightmare

"It's been horrific because I always know where all my kids are even though all of them are adults, I talk to them, if not on a daily basis, every other day," Sykes said.
 
Monica disappeared on October 27. Police say the 25-year old was last seen leaving her house, getting into a white car.

"When she didn't come home that Friday night, Dana called me first thing Saturday morning and we knew something was wrong then," Sykes said. 
 
A search team found human remains in Kinloch on Saturday. Police are still working to identity them, but Regina isn't convinced it's her daughter.

"My gut and as a mom says I know she's still out there. I feel like she's still out there," said Sykes.

This mother's instinct tells her she's getting closer to finding answers.

"That is my hope, that is what I continue to hold on to and I just ask God to keep us strong," said Sykes. "What keeps me powering through is that I love my kids, I love my family, nothing will stop me from looking for her."

Berkley police officer Robert Howard, was placed on administrative leave in connection with the case. Acting Chief Art Jackson was clear that Howard is not considered a suspect at this time. 

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