Break in Wis. cold case mixed blessing for mother

By DINESH RAMDE | May 22, 2011 | 1:43 PM EDT

WINNECONNE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman who has spent nearly 20 years hoping to be reunited with her missing daughter is trying to come to terms with her death after an inmate confessed to kidnapping and killing her.

Laurie Depies (DEP'-iss) was 20 in 1992, when she disappeared from a parking lot outside her boyfriend's apartment.

Her mother, Mary Wegner, says she held out hope for years that Laurie would be found. That ended in November when Larry DeWayne Hall told investigators at a North Carolina prison he'd kidnapped and killed Depies. Hall was convicted of kidnapping an Illinois girl and is a suspect in other cases.

Authorities caution that Hall could be lying, but Wegner says at least she now has someone to focus her anger on.