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FIRST ON 3: Body found in SC 11 years ago identified as Brunswick Co. woman

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The body of a Brunswick County woman found 11 years ago has finally been identified. Investigators in South Carolina say the remains they found more than a decade ago are Michelle Haggadon of Bolivia.

Haggadon's family has been waiting for answers about where she was or what happened to her for a long time. They recently got that closure.

In December 2000 a missing person report was filed on Haggadon.

"She disappeared from a truck stop from an area hotel, kind of truck stop if you will," said Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Persons. "It was known to truckers to basically bed down. It was a cheaper hotel in Leland, NC. She left out one evening, her boyfriend reported her initially missing in Brunswick County and she's never been seen or heard from since."

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, about three weeks ago they received a notification on a match to DNA sent to a science center three years ago. The remains found in Darlington County, SC, back in 2000 were indeed that of Haggadon.

"The emotion of it's pretty tough, because it's like, you know, take the 11 years out, it's like she passed away yesterday, because you literally get that answer," Haggadon's sister Tuesday Miller said.

Caison has been working on this case for over ten years. She has been working closely with the Haggadon family for most of that time.

"They wanted answers; they finally have them," Caison said. "I think it's going to be a little bit of healing for her children. Some time will have to pass there, but I think to know that their mother didn't abandon them, and that she truly was a missing person. I think that's going to mean a lot in their adult life."

The DNA match comes after John Wayne Boyer admitted to killing Haggadon.

Boyer is a trucker, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 2003 death of Scarlett Wood.

According to Caison, following multiple confessions investigators have labeled him a serial killer and are working to see if he is linked to other missing persons cases.

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says Darlington County is processing warrants on Boyer for killing Haggadon.

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Boyer

Boyer killed prostitutes. Why do these women think its ok to sell themselves to sleazeballs and think nothing will happened?

Missing Bolivia woman.

To those who expressed concern for someone who is missing I thank you. Michelle was declared missing in Dec. of 2000. The steps it takes to find a missing person are long and arduous (the system is not perfect but given time it does work). DNA samples were submitted by Michelles mother, sister and son in 2008 and added to the nationl database. Even though it has taken some time we as a family are glad to finally have some closure as to her whereabouts.

I only wish I could have

I only wish I could have noticed something when I worked with her accused killer you never know the person or persons you work with and beside,best wishes for your family from here on out.Jonathan Threatt

Good thing they had DNA ...

Websites on the internet have her missing as January 2001. How do you go missing 5 months after your body's been found? What a shame for her family to have to wait so long, RIP Michelle.

Missing January 2001, Found

Missing January 2001, Found Deceased August 2000. Good thing they had DNA because the dates don't work.

Thank you

Although this did not end in a good way, I am sure the family is glad to have some answers to what happened to her. They have waited a long time for this I am sure.

My question is why did it take so long to identify the remains? I have seen so many cases in the news where bodies were identified in a short time. I am sure the systems are overloaded but it seems like it wouldn't take such a long time to identify someone.

One possible reason is that

One possible reason is that DNA was just coming into the picture for ID purposes when she was found. Probably took some time to find something of hers to match it with. Just a guess....