THE DNA of a severed foot found inside a shoe at the Jersey Shore is a match to a Philadelphia woman who disappeared last year, her family has confirmed.
The discovery ends the search for Franchesca "Cheka" Alvarado, 22, who traveled to Atlantic City in March 2012 with a friend and was never heard from again. The family confirmed the news Tuesday on a Facebook page created to help find her.
"It is with deep sadness, pain and heartache that we inform you - TEAMCHEKA the loss of our Beloved Sister Franchesca Milagros Alvarado. It has been confirmed from the state of New Jersey that the DNA match Is our Sister," the family wrote.