CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "We want justice for Justin and I believe it's out there and I'm going to keep finding it," Justin Ned's mother Penny Sloan said.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says Justin Ned was last seen walking down Paul St. in Springer, New Years day after riding in a car with his sister and a male friend.
About a month later the 26-year-old's body was found off of Highway 53.
"Life has been so much harder to try to figure out why we don't have him anymore," Sloan said. " If there's people out there that are responsible for his death, I need to know, I need that closure."
Bryant says Ned's body was found about 600 yards from where he was last seen.
Because the case is still under investigation Bryant says they can't release many details.
So far no arrests have been made.
"We've checked on several leads and we have been able to narrow down several of those leads but (we) have not found the actual cause or anything like that - who was involved with it," Sheriff Bryant said.
Seven months later Sloan says she's offering $5,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest.
Court records show a history of drug abuse but Ned's mother says he was turning his life around.
"I think Justin was on a path to do better which gives me peace. He did struggle in years past," Sloan said. "There was so many unanswered questions about the whole circumstances leading up to his death - how he was found, where he was found and why."
Questions that Sloan says she and her family want answered - answers that eventually Ned's five-year-old son will want too.
"He doesn't understand a lot of it now because he's too young but some days he's going to want answers to these questions too," Sloan said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Carter County Sheriff's Office at 580-223-6014.