SUMTER, SC (AP/WIS) - The hope that a Midlands mother held onto for a full month is over.
Remains found off a country road in Sumter County have been identified as 18-year-old Aaron Abraham who was last seen on surveillance video leaving a library in Sumter.
This year would have been, Aaron Abraham's senior year at Sumter High School, one of several milestones his mother, Patricia, will never see him reach.
"Somebody took his life for nothing," said Patricia. "He had things he wanted to do now he can't do them."
Aaron's goal was to enlist in the military after school.
"I try to stay strong and not cry a lot, but sometimes you got to cry," said Patricia. "Sometimes I don't want to cause it will hurt more and more."
Patricia says the library was Aaron's summer hangout, he'd walk over to play games, watch movies and surf the web.
Early in the morning on July 19th, Aaron left the house to do just that, Patricia says.
Around 6 p.m., security video captured Aaron leaving the library, but he did not return home, according to investigators.
At first, Patricia thought the 18-year-old just stayed the night with a friend.
"When he didn't call me, didn't come home and change clothes, didn't take the video tapes back or take the library stuff back I knew something was wrong," Patricia added.
A month later, Aaron was found, but not the way she'd hoped.
Eleven miles away across town in Wedgefield someone picking up trash along Cane Savannah Road found bones.
Authorities determined the remains belonged to Abraham.
"Just threw him out like he was nothing, like he was yesterday's trash," said Patricia.
Investigators suspect someone intentionally hurt Aaron, but they don't know if it was random or targeted. Leaving Aaron's mother wondering what his future would have been.
"They think they got away with it," Patricia added. "They haven't my god got their time too."
A school district spokesperson says that guidance counselors are prepared to talk to students and staff who may be affected by this tragedy. Funeral arrangements are not finalized. If you have information call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.