Skull of missing Spartanburg mother found in Berkeley Co.

A skull that was found November 27, 2015 in Berkeley County has been identified as a Spartanburg woman.

Nicole Goodlett, mother of three children, was 28 years old when she was reported missing on March 12, 2014.

Goodlett’s skull was found near the Cainhoy Elementary School on Cainhoy Road, according to the Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says her skull was found by a hunter.

Our sister station WCBD says that the 17-year-old hunter found the skull when his dogs got loose in the field. The hunter found the skull and thought it was fake, but when he picked it up he realized it belonged to a human.

Goodlett 3 Her skull was examined by a Forensic Anthropologist and she was identified by DNA sample in March, according to Coroner Salisbury.

The Sheriff’s Office says they have about 10 investigators in the low country searching for additional clues and remains.

The anthropologist couldn’t determine the cause of death and no trauma was found on the skull.

An investigation is underway by the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office and the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office.

The boyfriend and father of Goodlett’s children, Jareld Howard has remained a person of interest in the case since 2014, but no warrants have ever been signed for his arrest in connection to the disappearance. Howard was arrested in 2014 for obstructing justice in regards to the case. He was sentenced to 5 years, which was reduced to 2 years probation.

The remains were found within miles of Howard’s family home.

Howard has told his attorney that Goodlett left the house on Loblolly Ln saying that someone was out to get her. Howard maintains that he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

The family of Goodlet released the following statement:

Today are hearts are heavy with the immeasurable sadness this confirmation has caused. Although we are not yet ready to comment on this tragedy, we would like to thank the Berkeley and Spartanburg Counties for their continued work to solve this case. This is a step towards closure. but there is more work to be done.

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