WESTLAND, Mich. (WJBK) - Two men have allegedly confessed and been charged with killing a missing teenage girl from Westland. Now, her grieving mother wants a critical piece of information from those men.
"She was so cute, funny, family oriented, artistic, just a jokester," said Lori Morse.
Carlee Morse was a beautiful 16-year-old girl with her whole life in front of her. That all changed the night of august 19, 2010.
"She said, 'Mom, can I go outside?' And I said, '10 minutes, Carlee.' And she's like, 'Yes, mom. I know.' And she went outside," Morse said.
That's the last time Morse saw her daughter. She dozed off for an hour and says when she woke up, she realized Carlee never came home.
She immediately reported her daughter missing at the Westland Police Department.
"The officer said, 'Kids do this all the time. Why don't you just give her some time. She'll come back home,'" said Morse.
However, Carlee never did. Three months passed and then the news Lori Morse never wanted to hear.
"I saw the chaplain walk in. I heard, 'We've arrested two people,' and that's the last thing I heard," Morse said.
Police would tell her and her family that two men, 22-year-old Nicholas Cottrell and 19-year-old Justin Yoshikawa confessed to killing Carlee, strangling her to death one hour after she went missing that summer night around the same time Lori Morse reported her daughter's disappearance to police.
"Thank God for shock because I believe shock is the only thing that has me functioning," said Morse.
What is so troubling, Yoshikawa was considered a close friend of Carlee's.
"Adored -- thought he was the greatest kid we had ever met. We were happy when Carlee was hanging around with him," Morse said.
Although both men have allegedly admitted they killed Carlee and have been charged with first-degree murder, they won't tell police the whereabouts of her body. Morse just learned police are getting closer to finding her, telling her they have narrowed it down to the city.
"If the parents are able to talk to these boys, just get us our daughter. That's what we want. We want her. Talk sense to them. Make them say where she is so that this can be over," said Morse.
And so, Morse says, she can finally bury her daughter in peace in her home state of Tennessee where Carlee one day hoped to live.
Morse says once they get their closure, they plan to move. Living here is just too painful.
"There's too many memories here. Like I said, everywhere I go, there's Carlee. I should be Christmas shopping for Carlee, not planning a memorial and not trying to plan a funeral. There's no tree. There's no holiday spirit here," Morse said.
The family really wants to give Carlee a proper burial once her body is located and transport it to Tennessee, but they can't afford to do it. They desperately need the public to donate money so they can make that happen.