‘We never expected to find out what happened to her’: Jonelle Matthews’ parents attend hearing

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Jonelle Matthews’ family has been waiting for more than three decades to get justice for their daughter. 

Jonelle was just 12 years old when she went missing the night of Dec. 20, 1984. Thirty-six years later, her family is finally hopeful they’ll get justice.

Last week, Jonelle’s family was in the same room as their daughter’s alleged killer for the first time.

“To tell you the truth, we never expected it to be at this point,” said Jim Matthews, Jonelle’s father. “We never expected to find out what happened to her. We were consoled to the fact that we would probably never know what happened to her.”

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