Family's search ends as police find remains of missing Tucson man

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A missing person's case has turned into a homicide investigation.

Over the weekend, Tucson police found what they believe to be the remains of 21-year-old Jordan Peterson.

Now the young man's family is coming to grips with the disturbing news.

His disappearance sparked a search stretching all across the Tucson area with friends and family desperately looking for 21-year-old Jordan Peterson. 

He went missing November 16, his truck was found abandoned in Marana.

But hope for a safe return was lost after Tucson police detectives recovered remains in a remote desert area in Pinal County; remains believed to be those of Jordan Peterson.

"First thing you think about when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you think about at night and all points in the middle," said David Lyman.

Peterson's uncle, David Lyman, lives in Iowa where efforts to hire a private investigator were underway when they got the call.

"To get the news is not the outcome that we wanted but it's some sort of outcome if it turns out that's going to be the outcome, that it is Jordan that they found, then at least it's something," Lyman said.

The discovery has prompted Tucson police detectives to re-classify the case as a homicide.

Lyman says there is some relief in knowing the missing part is over.

"To actually start the closure process to bring him home bring him back here and have a funeral and all that stuff at least it's starts the healing process," Lyman said.

An autopsy will be performed to confirm how Peterson died.  So far police have made no arrests and are not commenting on possible motives.