LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Henderson police have located the remains of a woman who was reported missing in December 2020.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, skeletal remains of 26-year-old Jawaher Hejji were found at Black Mountain on Sept. 6.
Hejji's mother told FOX5 a climber found her daughter's skull. The rest of her remains were eventually found on the mountain.
Hejji was first reported missing on Dec. 25. Her family was last in contact with her on Dec. 22. Hejji's vehicle was found at Shaded Canyon Drive south of Horizon Ridge Parkway by Henderson authorities. Las Vegas police located surveillance footage of Hejji walking along on the Armargosa Trail near the base of Black Mountain on Dec. 23.
"How did we miss it?" said Nichole Grossman, who spent nearly seven months searching for Hejji with her family. "We were here every single day for the first month - day in, day out, just looking for any sign of her."
Grossman said she believes if they had more people searching early on, they would have found answers sooner.
"It’s been almost a year, and we’re just now finding her remains," she said.
Her cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Additional details of the investigation were unavailable Wednesday.
Grossman is planning a candlelight vigil in memory of Hejji. It will be on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. near the Shaded Canyon Trailhead off Shaded Canyon Drive. For more details, click here.