SPARTANBURG, SC (WCSC) - The father of the Upstate woman whose remains were discovered in Berkeley County is asking anyone with information in the case to come forward while investigators continue to try to make contact with the man they consider a suspect.
James Goodlett spoke to reporters from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office about the disappearance of his daughter, Nicole.
"On March 12, 2014, we received a phone call that has haunted us for two years and will haunt us the rest of our lives," he said. "Some cruel, heartless monster murdered her and took away her life. Not only did he take her away from us, but from her young son and precious babies."
The Spartanburg woman and mother of three had last been seen by her family on Feb. 20, 2014 and was reported missing in March of that year.
On June 2, 2014, Berkeley County deputies assisted Spartanburg County in a search for Goodlett, who they believed may have been the victim of foul play in or near Berkeley County. Jerald Howard, with whom Goodlett was living for approximately six months before her disappearance, was named as a suspect by deputies.
Investigators say they obtained a warrant to search Howard's home, but when they approached, he slipped under a garage door and attempted to flee from the home with a cell phone that was connected to Goodlett. Howard was charged with obstruction in connection with the missing person case.
A skull and a small bone were found in a wooded area about 100 yards behind the school on Nov. 27, 2015. Officials say Goodlett was identified by DNA samples of those remains in March. Then on April 27, more of Goodlett's remains were discovered.
Deputies say they are waiting for the final report from a forensic anthropologist.
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin Bobo said Howard was supposed to meet with investigators there earlier this week but did not show up for that meeting or call. Bobo said they received a call from Howard's attorney who told them his client would instead be willing to meet with investigators in Berkeley County, then later said Howard declined to make that meeting and was in the process of consulting with another attorney.
Bobo said attempts to reach Howard since then have been unsuccessful.
"His actions are speaking louder than his words right now," Bobo said.
James Goodlett asked anyone who may know something about the case to report it to authorities.
"We will continue to fight for justice for her and her family," Goodlett said. "We will find out what happened to our beloved daughter and will not be threatened, intimidated or allow her image to be tarnished. We are resolved to see this to the end."
Goodlett's three children are currently residing with her parents in Texas.