MEXICO -- After months of waiting, the families of the men still missing from a fishing boat that capsized in the Sea of Cortez in July 2011 may finally know the fate of their loved ones.

Mandi Lee-Han, daughter of missing San Ramon man Donald Lee, said in a message posted on the Facebook page "Find our Fathers" that the U.S. State Department contacted her mother to let the family know that the Mexican government had completed their investigation into the capsizing of the fishing boat, the Erik, off the coast of San Felipe on July 3, 2011.

Remains were found at the crash site during one investigation, said Lee's wife, May Lee, but because the Mexican government classified the remains as evidence, families have not been able to positively identify their missing family members.

Han said in the post that authorities are now looking into when the report will be released to the spouses of the missing men.

"We are one step closer to bringing my father home," she wrote.

May Lee said the Mexican government conducted two investigations into the capsizing of the Erik -- one for the cause of sinking and one probing criminal negligence.

Investigators found remains in September, said May Lee, who hopes her husband may have been found and that someday, her family may finally be able to bring him home.

The lengthy investigation and waiting to hear what happened to her husband has been emotionally exhausting, she said.

"We've been dealing with this for such a long time and we are one of the few families that have not had a memorial service for the sake of not going through it again and again," she said.

Officials at the Mexican consulate in San Francisco and the office of tourism for the state of Baja California could not say Wednesday afternoon when the report might be released. Officials at the U.S. State Department could not be reached because of a government closure for a snowstorm over the Washington, D.C., area.

The Erik capsized about 2 a.m. July 3, 2011, during a storm in the Gulf of Mexico, less than 100 miles south of San Felipe. There were 43 passengers onboard -- 27 American tourists and 16 crew members. Several men were stranded for hours in the Sea of Cortez while waiting for rescue.

One man was confirmed drowned after the incident, and seven remain missing: Lee, Albert Mein, of Twain Harte; Gene Leong, of Dublin; Brian Wong, of Berkeley; Shawn Chaddock, of Petaluma; Mark Dorland, of Twain Harte; and Russell Bautista, of Penngrove.

Staff writer Daniel M. Jimenez contributed to this story. Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4780 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.