WOODSTOCK, Ont. - The family of little Tori Stafford is expressing a sense of relief the remains of the abducted eight-year-old girl have most likely been found by police.

The girl's aunt told a news conference the discovery of a child's decomposed remains a 90-minute drive from her Woodstock, Ont. home would prevent a lifetime of wondering if she was still alive.

Rebecca Stafford says hope for the safe return of the girl she called their "sweetheart" has finally dissolved.

Tori's father, Rodney, says if the remains are confirmed to be those of Tori there will be a private family funeral.

He says he will say his own goodbye at the top of an Alberta mountain after a bike ride across Canada in honour of his slain daughter.

Identification of the remains will come through Toronto's Centre of Forensic Sciences. Two Woodstock residents are charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder.