Adrienne Salinas' family pleads for killer to come forward

TEMPE, AZ - A Valley family is forced to say goodbye after a missing Tempe college student is found dead.

On Thursday, police confirmed that 19-year-old Adrienne Salinas's body was found in Apache Junction.

Pamela Coss, Adrienne's aunt, said their family is just broken. She's pleading for the killer to come forward, and she believes this may be someone Adrienne actually knew.

Coss said Adrienne was full of life and plans for the future.

"She was always smiling. Smiling. She had a beautiful smile," Coss said.

When she went missing two months ago, her family held out hope she would be found safe.

"So when we found out the news, it was devastating. We're angry, that somebody would do that to her, because she didn't deserve that," Coss said.

Coss said her family has been ripped apart.

"This person has destroyed her dad, my sister. That changed our lives forever," she said, crying.

Their search for Adrienne has now turned into a fight for justice -- as police continued to comb the desert Friday for evidence in a wash where a homeowner found her body.

"Somebody killed her, and dropped her off. And for the remains to be found that way, it has to be a monster. There's a monster running around, and we need to find him," Coss said.

Pamela worries whoever killed Adrienne actually knew her.

"I hope we have justice soon. She deserves it, and her family does," Coss said.

She wants the person who stole Adrienne's life to come forward.

"And turn himself in and have justice here on earth, so that we can see it. So that we can have peace," Coss said.

The search for evidence could continue next week. Right now police are reviewing the debris they've collected so far.

Police backed off calling this a homicide Friday, but they believe once they get Adrienne's cause of death from the medical examiner, it will help move the investigation forward.

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