MONACA, Pa. (KDKA) – The search for 25-year-old Thomas Hughes, who’s been missing for nearly three months, is over.
His parents say his body was found in the Ohio River near Monaca. His family got the gut-wrenching news around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.READ MORE: KDKA Mysteries: The Unknown Surrounding Case Of Missing 25-Year-Old Thomas Hughes Terrifies His Family
They say police told them there were no visible signs of trauma on his body, so investigators are now working with the Beaver County Medical Examiner to determine how he died.
“The most stressful time of my life, our lives, the torture because there were no answers,” said Alexis Hughes, Thomas’ sister.
The family identified Thomas by his tattoos.
“His cell phone wasn’t used, bank account wasn’t used, nothing. So we kind of knew in our hearts,” said Jeanine Hughes, Thomas’ mother.
The body of Thomas Hughes was recovered from the Ohio River in Monaca on April 15, 2021.READ MORE: Multi-Agency Search On South Side For Missing 25-Year-Old Thomas Hughes Unsuccessful
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Hughes was last seen on Jan. 23. His vehicle was later found abandoned near Riverfront Park on the South Side.
Monday is Thomas’ 26th birthday. On Sunday, another search party was set to look for him. On that same day, his family was planning a birthday dinner.
“His birthday is two days away from mine, so we always had that connection,” Jeanine said.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Release Footage From Night Of 25-Year-Old Thomas Hughes’ Disappearance
The Hughes family told KDKA they’d like to thank everyone who helped them search for their son.