The family of Laura Jessome has renewed hope after police executed raids on three Glace Bay homes this weekend. Members of a Cape Breton Regional Police Emergency Response team swooped down on the homes over the course of several hours Saturday afternoon and evening.

Police confirm the raids relate to the murder investigation of 21-year-old Laura Jessome. Police say they made a number of searches earlier in the week, which led to the seizure of two vehicles, also linked to the case.

"I feel we are getting close. We need the peace now. She deserves that justice be served," says Jamie Jessome, the sister of the victim.

The case first unfolded when the victim's remains were found stuffed inside a hockey bag, floating on Cape Breton's Mira River on May 25.

The hockey bag's original owner was traced to Glace Bay, who told police the bag had been left curbside in April during a heavy garbage pick-up. The owner saw it being taken by a group of teens.

The Jessome family is hopeful there may soon be a break in the case after the latest developments in Glace Bay, and the victim's mother is pleading for tips from the public that might help solve her daughter's murder.

"Please speak up. Just speak up. Every day gets harder and harder not knowing. Our blessed angel is gone. We are never going to get her back," says Edna Jessome.

The Jessome family had not heard from the victim for nearly three weeks before her remains were found. Investigators are not saying if that had made it difficult to determine when or where she was murdered.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Randy MacDonald