"I was devastated it didn't seem real," said Christopher Pearson, her son. "I've been keeping distracted. I haven't really dealt with it yet. It is just too much."
The body of Christopher Pearson's 85-year-old mother was found Saturday in Hamtramck by children who were playing behind an elementary school.
She had been missing since December of last year when her family believes she left home near Seven Mile and Dequindre to go to the store.
At the time of her disappearance, the family said Pearson had early stages of dementia.
For months the family, their friends and neighbors searched for their loved one - never giving up hope she would be found alive.
"There's been a tremendous outpouring of support and love," Christopher said. "And we want thank everyone."
Pearson says his mother was found with all her belongings including her wallet, money and walking cane.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office says the manner and cause of death is still pending upon further investigation.
But those are not the only answers the family is waiting for.
They want to know how a woman who wasn't driving got to the area where she was found.
"It's kind of hard to imagine that an 85-year-old woman with a cane in winter can get that far through marsh and stuff," Christopher said.
As the police investigation continues, Pearson's son reflected on fond memories of his mother.
"Her catching the bus with me down to Tiger Stadium, to watch the Tigers play," he said. "Its almost going to bring tears to my eyes."
And if he could see his mom one last time, Christopher says he would tell his mother: "Mom I miss you already. I miss you so much."