Remains Identified

March 15, 2006--Posted at 5:25 p.m. CST

PARAGOULD, AR--It's news Cynthia Wellman suspected but didn't want to believe. Remains found in an Izard County septic tank were those of her 21 year old daughter. It's been a painful two and half years for Wellman since last seeing her daughter Bridgett Sellers and yesterday the family received the news they had expected since November. 

"I am just now waking up after two years. I am waking up and it is hard," said Wellman.

Sellers was last seen walking down a road outside of Ash Flat. Her remains were found in a septic tank on the property of her uncle Jerry Don Stevens in November. Stevens died in Craighead County earlier in the year. Although Stevens was only considered a person of interest and not a suspect in the case, Wellman firmly believes Stevens was involved in the murder.

"I don't feel like it is fair that God took him because I wanted to see him punished myself," said Wellman.

Since Bridgett's disappearance in 2003 it has been especially rough on her mother.

"I have nightmares. I have always had nightmares of her since she was missing," said Wellman. 

At times it was so bad Cynthia had to do anything she could to keep her mind off of her missing daughter.

"I got on medication so bad to numb myself to try to forget," said Wellman.
But now that remains in the septic tank have been identified as those of her daughters she hopes this will provide closure to help her move on.

"It's getting behind me but it never leaves my mind," said Wellman.

March 24th would have been Seller's 24th birthday and now her mother hopes to have the remains of her daughter buried before that date. Sellers is survived by three young children who are now going to grow up without a mother.