ST. CLOUD, Fla. - The remains of missing Osceola County soldier Kelli Bordeaux were found in North Carolina Wednesday and a man was charged with murder in connection with her death.
The 23-year-old disappeared in April 2012 from an Army base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
"This isn't how we wanted to bring Kelli home," Bordeaux's sister Olivia Cox told Eyewitness News.
Authorities have charged Nicholas Holbert with first-degree murder in connection with Bordeaux's killing. Detectives said they were led to a wooded area where her remains were found.
"Holberg was on the scene with our detectives earlier today and he shared some vital information concerning the case," Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said.
Extensive searches for Bordeaux were conducted following her disappearance, but at the time nothing was found.
"Our belief is that she was deceased when she was placed in that wooded area," Medlock said.
Bordeaux grew up in St. Cloud and left to join the Army before being stationed at Fort Bragg.
"She went to the military. She wanted to do something better with her life and wanted to be something and make a difference," Cox said.
Investigators said Bordeaux left a bar with a man who offered her a ride home before her disappearance. Holbert was later arrested for failing to register as a sex offender but had denied any involvement in Bordeaux's case.
Cox said her family is just thankful they now have closure.
"I'm glad that justice is going to be served and glad that there's some resolve in the case," Cox said.