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Friend: Misty Johnson body discovery "bittersweet"

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The discovery of a body Wednesday in Greenville Co. is now known to be that of Misty Johnson, the woman who went missing in early September. Her best friend said that knowledge is "bittersweet."

Dental records revealed the body was, in fact, Misty Johnson's. Ashley Ryland said when she heard the news of the discovery of a body, she felt it was Misty.

"I didn't feel shocked at all, but in the same sense, we were hoping that she would be found alive," said Rylan, who spoke with FOX Carolina over the phone Friday.

"Our family is overwhelmed at this time, but I want to take a moment to tell all of you how grateful Misty M Johnson's family is to have such loving, caring friends," Misty's cousin posted in a statement on Facebook Friday. "The way that Misty's friends and the community of Greenville ... came together to pray, support and be the eyes and ears for her family in Arkansas ... We will get thru this tragedy. It has left us all empty and in shock. We stand rested in the fact that Misty was welcomed into her mother's arms. And is truly home."

Investigators are working to find out how Johnson died. Police in Greenville are staying very tight-lipped about the details of the investigation.

"We're hoping that we do get a lot more answers from the autopsy," said Johnathan Bragg with Greenville Police.

For Johnson's friends and family, answers are everything.

"It's bittersweet because we're all sad to know that she is definitely deceased, but at the same time it's like this is one step closer to finding out what happened," said Ryland. "We have a chance at answers now."

Early on in the search for Misty, her car was found, but police tell us her body was not found anywhere near where her car was.

The case is now a joint investigation between Greenville police and county deputies; and while misty's loved ones wait for answers, they remember the life she lived.

"She was so friendly, she never met a stranger, she was forgiving, she would have done anything for anyone," Ryland said.

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