EXCLUSIVE: Family confirms human remains belong to Joseph Bruce

UPDATE: Family members have confirmed to Valley News Live that human remains found on the Spirit Lake Reservation Monday night is Joseph Bruce.

Catch an exclusive interview with family members tonight on Valley News Live @ 6:00.

ORIGINAL: A Grand Forks family is hoping for answers and peace after human remains were found on the Spirit Lake Reservation last night.

Joseph Bruce has been missing since the morning of June 25th, 2018 and was last seen in Devils Lake.

In the following days, Bruce's van was found in a secluded area in between some sloughs on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Last year, we talked with Bruce's wife, Miranda Patnaude, as well as one of his five children, JoLyn. Both women told Valley News Live they believed their father and husband had been murdered.

For the last year, Bruce's family has organized search parties as often as possible, hoping for answers.

Patnaude tells Valley News Live last night that a skull was found near a slough where Bruce's van was found last year. She says the remains were taken to UND to be tested.

It's unclear if there was more than just a skull found.

We reached out to both Devils Lake Police and the FBI today, but did not get a call back.

This is a developing story. Stick with Valley News Live for the very latest.