'Her last moments': Family of missing Macon teen looking forward to closure

Sabrina Long/Katie Thurber (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Twenty eight years after Sabrina Long's disappearance, a suspect was indicted just this week for her murder.

Sabrina's sister, Melissa Long, told WGXA News that the family doesn't "forget, we just learn to live with it."

For nearly three decades, Long's family hasn't been able to stop thinking about their missing loved one.

"For 28 years, our minds have been all over the place," Melissa said.

Melinda McSwain, reportedly a high school classmate of Sabrina's, was indicted on malice murder, felony murder and kidnapping on Tuesday. McSwain was first arrested for Sabrina's kidnapping in October 2018.

"Now, with these new developments, it’s hard not to think about what her last moments were like," Melissa said.

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District Attorney David Cooke said developments started falling into place after a new investigator was assigned to Sabrina's case. "Sometimes that's all a case needs, is a fresh set of eyes," said Cooke.

Despite the charges, Melissa said she's still without her other half.

"She was my big sis, my protector, my best friend, and just like that, she was gone. I have needed her so many times over the years, and this person took her from us," she said.

Investigators reportedly never put a woman in the equation when they were trying to put the pieces together.

"There's a reason there's no statute of limitation on murder. Sometimes it takes a long time for evidence to develop, for authorities to be able to get to the truth of what happened," Cooke said. "We're looking forward to the day that we can get justice for Ms. Long, her family and the community."

Finally, the Long family is one step closer to closure.

"We wouldn’t be here if not for their hard work and persistence. They’re our heroes in all of this," Melissa said.

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