ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The investigation continues into the death of a St. Johnsville woman whose body was found on property in Fulton County on Tuesday.
Michaela MacVilla has been missing for a week after she was last seen walking home from her job.
On the family porch, MacVilla's aunt Cora Murray spoke of her family's immense grief.
"There are some moments when we look on past memories and we laugh then in the next breath we collapse because it's so enormous because none of us can absorb it."
She told reporters that investigators have reassured the family that they are hunting down leads, but are keeping many details close to the vest.
"They have told us a cause of death, which I'm not going to convey that's up to law enforcement."
She says that what happened to Michaela was not by the 21-year-old's own hands.
"They don't believe she did it to herself. So that's why it remains a criminal investigation."
New York State Police say Michaela was last seen walking home from her job at the St Johnsville Stewart's early Tuesday morning.
Her body was discovered by a property owner on Kringsbush Road about 2.5 miles away.
Kevin and Mary Smith live down the road.
"It's very nerve-wracking. I keep watching over my shoulder," Mary said.
She's nervous, but law enforcement have insisted that the public is not in danger.
The past few months were heartbreaking enough for Michaela and her family. Her grandfather and her 24-year-old sister both passed away this summer. They say they appreciate the outpouring of support from their community.
The investigation continues and the stretch of Kringsbush Road where MacVilla's body was found remains closed by New York State Police.