Patty Sinclair talks about her cousin, Myrna Letandre, whose remains were found inside a Winnipeg rooming house last week.
In a one-on-one interview with CBC's Katie Nicholson, Sinclair also talks about her frustrations with police and how her cousin's murder has affected the family.
She also talks about praying for her cousin while she was missing.
"I would ask the Lord if she's alive then make a way for her to come home [and] if she is gone then let us gather her bones and put her in the ground," Sinclair said.
"I always hoped that the latter would never come but … that's the way it is."
Family members had asked police to check out the rooming house, in the city's Point Douglas neighbourhood, some years ago but nothing happened.
When Letandre went missing in Oct. 2006, her sister confronted a man named Traigo Andretti, who was living in the house at the time.
Andretti, 37, was arrested last week and charged Monday with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, 41-year-old Jennifer McPherson, in British Columbia.