Two years later and now two times detectives have combed a section of woods in Palatka. Two times they've come back empty-handed.
"We feel that we've exhausted this area as far as a link to the case," said Detective Gene Tolbert.
Another disappointing end for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Another heartbreaking end for Rebecca Ware's family. But it also hasn't been easy for Timothy Johnson's family. He's in jail charged with her murder.
"I hope they do find something to bring it to a close," said Pete Johnson, Timothy's brother.
Friday, Pete Johnson spoke exclusively with Action News. The frustration was apparent on his face. He says these past two years have been agonizing.
"Oh, it's been like hell."
Growing up just blocks from the search site, Pete says he and his brother have a lot of good memories in these woods.
"We fished together a lot and did lots of things," Pete said.
One reason why detectives were drawn to this spot multiple times. They say Timothy knows it like the back of his hand. But Tolbert tells Action News it clearly isn't the spot her body was dumped.
"Timothy Johnson knows where he put Rebecca Ware's body. All he has to do is step up, be a man and tell us where it's at," Detective Tolbert said.
Despite the police confidence, Pete says he's standing by his brother.
"He said he ain't do it and I believe him."
He just hopes sometime soon, Ware is found. And Timothy is acquitted.
"One day it come to a close, I mean I hope they find her alive. Just get my brother out this mess. It's a mess."
Pete tells Action News he knew Ware. He says she was a good, nice person and she and his brother seemed like they were a happy couple.
Action News also spoke with Ware's family Friday. They had another family emergency so they weren't able to comment, but are trying to stay hopeful.
Detectives say now, they will continue working the leads that they have and review evidence to look for new leads.