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Human bones found in Malibu could be missing student Jou

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(CBS 8) - She vanished in 2007 after taking a motorcycle ride with a convicted sex offender she met online. Now there could be closure for her family.

John Burgess is serving five years in prison for admitting his role in the death of San Diego State University student Donna Jou, but her body has never been found.

Will a human skull and bones found in an abandoned marijuana grove in the Malibu area finally provide missing SDSU freshman Donna Jou's relatives the answer they have been waiting for over the past three years?

"For us there's never going to be closure, because for us we have lost something that we cannot get over it," father Reza Jou said.

State rangers found the remains in treacherous terrain in Malibu Creek State Park. The L.A. County coroner will try to determine if they are those of the 19-year-old who left home with John Stephen Burgess, who's sitting in prison on involuntary manslaughter and body concealing charges.

Burgess says he gave Donna Jou cocaine, heroin and alcohol at his L.A. County home. When he woke up the next morning, she was dead. He says he panicked and used his sailboat to dump her body in the ocean.

Jou's father says multiple searches turned up nothing.

"No DNA left on the house, on the truck on the boat -- nothing. There is no witness to come forward with any useful information," Reza Jou said.

He says Burgesses friends told authorities he loved spending time in Malibu Canyon, near where the remains were just discovered.

Because of his good behavior, Burgess is set to be released from prison next April -- something not sitting well with the missing girl's family.

"He's going to be free to do more crimes, destroy more families, and we are very upset," Reza Jou said.

Donna Jou's family actually hired a company to search the Santa Monica Mountains in December 2007, but even with nearly 200 people combing the rugged terrain, they could not find any evidence.

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