The long wait is over for the family of Cory Moore.

After five months with no word from the 32-year-old father of three, human remains were found Feb. 12 off Carbonton Road in northwest Lee County.

They were identified as Moore’s by the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s office some days later.

“We are all devastated,” his aunt, Sherry Galvin-Bellamy, said Friday during a phone call.

“The only comfort is we were able to find him and bring him home.”

The cause of death remains unknown pending completion of an autopsy, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

“He was one of my best friends on this earth,” Galvin-Bellamy said. “I hope we get answers to what really happened.”

Moore was last seen Sept. 3 at the home of his grandmother’s home at 96 Pickard Road, next to the Northwest Pocket Fire Department.

Moore, who had a history of drug addiction, had just returned to Sanford after being released from a rehab facility.

About three years ago, Moore was clean and had a strong family with three small children, Galvin-Bellamy said. Then, the addiction and need for drugs returned.

Moore was feeling good after he was discharged from the treatment facility, she said.

“He really did feel so much better and had gotten back on the right path,” Galvin-Bellamy said.

The emotions are conflicted, she said. While there is sadness over Moore’s death, there is some closure now that his remains have been identified.

“The biggest takeaway was he had an addiction, but it didn’t define him. I could have been anyone’s family,” Galvin-Bellamy said. “It’s heartbreaking all the way around.”