LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- The family of apparent murder victim Latisha Frazier is trying to cope with a judge's ruling this week that authorities do not have to search for Latisha's remains.
Police believe the 18-year-old mother was lured to a D.C. apartment last year, imprisoned there, murdered, and dismembered before her remains were dumped into a garbage bin and then likely trucked to a large landfill in Virginia.
Police had argued it could take millions of dollars to conduct the search through hundreds of tons of garbage with no likelihood of success and also argued the search was too dangerous to conduct. On Wednesday, a judge agreed.
"The majority of the family, they're upset, really upset about it because they feel like, you know, we really don't have no peace, ever. She's not going to be resting in peace.
"She's going to be resting in peace, but we're not going to have that final resting in peace for her and ourselves," said Barry Campbell, Latisha's father.
"Being that they're not going to look for her, at least give us a place where we can go to pray over her, talk to her, a resting place like a memorial site or something where we can go to pray, to go spend time with her. We don't have that right now...We want something in stone that we can go, like everybody else when they go on Memorial Day and weekends, and little holidays, and go spend time and put flowers on their burial site. We just want a site be able to put her, a place that we can go and talk to her spend time with her," Campbell told 9NEWS NOW.
The loss of his daughter has taught lessons he offers to others:
"Just love your loved ones when you have them and stay close to them. Keep them close. Share love with everybody. Try to be more positive in this world than negative, because things like this really take an effect on, just not only me, but your other loved ones.
"She had a daughter and she (the daughter) wonders where her mother is, but she knows now that she's in heaven, so she feels positive about that, so I just say love your loved ones when you have them."