"That was very hard. Very tough."
Hard for friends, neighbors, for Sandra Burkhardt's brother, Don Mobley. Hard to come to grips with her disappearance since she cared so much about so many.
"They were always special to her. It was always 'Aunt Sandy'," he recalled. "In fact, she called just a couple of days ago to see how our grandson's first day of school was."
Gibson County Sheriff's Deputies say she was last seen leaving the Princeton Walmart just after 10:00 PM Friday. Burkhardt was supposed to be home with her grandson. She wasn't.
"She wouldn't have left the grandson," Mobley says.
Mobley says this close knit family searched long and hard for any sign of Aunt Sandy.
"We drove all the back roads, we walked through cornfields, trying to look and see if we could find any place where somebody had stopped," Don says. "They said, at one point, 'Oh, there's somebody in the hospital. She's in the hospital in Evansville.' So, we called all the hospitals and, of course, they don't have a Jane Doe, and we just kept hoping she would get away."
But for Don, it was hard to keep his hopes up. Mobley says the White County Coroner told them the body found Saturday was likely Sandra's.
"it's going to be hard, especially at our family reunion coming up Labor Day, and another in October, she just won't be there," Don says.
And that, Mobley says, is the hardest thing: knowing they won't see Aunt Sandy smile again.