When they arrived, the McCandlesses found the few possessions their son owned, including his patched pair of jeans. "When I picked up his pants, I could sense his fragrance," Billie says. "But I don't know, I just felt that. I felt I could smell him."
"I saw that he was complete up there. I don't think he was up there wanting for anything. … Now when I think about Chris, even to this day, I think of him as a boy, not a man. I really, unfortunately, didn't get to know him as a man. And I'll regret that. I'll always regret that."