"The Pope County Sheriff's Office would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Samantha Hopper and Courtney Holt, and we are thankful to have been a small part of helping bring this 23-year-old case to closure," Sheriff Shane Jones said.
In a memorial fundraiser posted by Hopper's surviving daughter Dezarae Carpenter, she thanked those who helped bring closure almost a quarter century after losing three members of her family.
"After being missing for over 23 years, with the assistance of AWP and Chaos dive teams we were able to find my mother who was 9 months pregnant and my 22 month old sister, Courtney," she wrote.
"This has been such a relief to have found her and we want to provide them with a proper burial. If you're able to donate or even just pass this along it would be forever appreciated. Thank you."