MACOMB TWP., Mich. (FOX 2) - After decades of waiting, the search for answers begins once again - for several families.
About 45 assorted police investigators searched the wooded area on 23 Mile near North Avenue in Macomb Township for hours Monday.
Warren and Canton police, the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police and the FBI are working to find the remains of 12-year-old Kimberly King who went missing in Warren in 1979 - along with four to six other missing girls. The search is expected to last all week.
"This is round three and it's kind of sad, because every time they open it up again, it reopens old wounds for everyone and it's heartbreaking to the families. It's got to be," said Bill Rice, who lives nearby.
The prime suspect is 70-year-old Arthur Ream, in prison for the murder of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki. She disappeared in April of 1986 out of Eastpointe. Her remains were found in that area in 2008.
The sister of missing Nadine O'Dell - who disappeared in 1974 - spoke with FOX 2 - during an unsuccessful search of the same area in May of last year.
"This is the final chapter," said Brenda Handloser, O'Dell's sister. "I know we keep saying that, she's just across that tape."
Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says they are cautiously optimistic about this search calling it, "much more organized."
He says since May they've received a lot of tips they've also re-interviewed Ream and have gotten more information. Another big help, is that experts with the non-profit NecroSearch International - have gone into the woods and pinpointed possible burial spots. Sources say - they believe there are four or five.
"It's crazy to think about caring something and burying it out here this far away. It's mind-boggling. It's just tragic, that's all," Rice said.
Dwyer also says detectives have been speaking with scientific experts - including botanists and anthropologists... And because of the terrain and the potential for technical dangers - members of the FBI's Technical Hazards Response Team are here from Quantico, Virginia.
"You don't know if they're going to find anything," Rice said. "Hopefully one day and put an end to this."