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The family of Sandra Coke, who disappeared in Oakland, released a statement after authorities said a body found on Friday Aug. 9, 2013 in Vacaville, was that of the federal investigator.

The Coke family is devastated by the loss of our beloved Sandra. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and auntie, and a shining light in our family; her good cheer, easy laugh and generous hugs will be missed. Those of us who were privileged to know Sandra will remember her as an unusually kind, generous and big-hearted person. She passionately devoted her professional life to helping the poor and those who endured difficult childhoods. All of us will miss Sandra's beautiful, giving spirit.

We want to express our deepest thanks to the hundreds of caring people in local, state and federal law enforcement, current and former colleagues, friends, and members of the public and the media -- who labored day and night to assist with the search for Sandra. Your care and expressions of concern have been humbling.

We are so grateful to each of you for your kindness and support during this most difficult time.

We also want to thank the wonderful friends and colleagues who have created the Sandra Coke Fund to provide for her daughter's care and education.

Our family and Sandra's daughter will need time and privacy to mourn our loss. We thank you for understanding our need for privacy at this time.


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Thank you again for all of your support in bringing home our beloved Sandra.