A Philadelphia family is waiting to find out if DNA, from a severed foot found inside a shoe at the Jersey Shore, is a match for their loved one who has been missing since last year.
A fisherman discovered the skeletal remains of a foot inside a size 5 1/2 tennis shoe that had washed ashore back in August at Corson's Inlet State Park in Ocean City.
"We're just praying that it doesn't belong to Franchesca, just like anyone who is missing a loved one," said Christine Dior.
Dior's sister, Franchesca Alvarado, left her home on her way to Atlantic City in March of 2012 and was never heard from again.
The 22-year-old mom, who friends and family called "Checka," had plans to start college before her disappearance. Family members say she left her home in the Hunting Park section of the city with a man she was friends with.
"It's heart wrenching when you get a phone call when you are watching the news and you see a body has been found. Your heart just stops," said Dior.
NBC10's Luann Cahn talked with the man who took Alvarado to Atlantic City the night she was last seen. He says that Alvarado left him that night and he came home alone.
No one has been charged with Alvarado's disappearance.
"We will not rest, we will not stop looking for her," said Dior.