Authorities in Nash County made a break in a 15-year-old cold case on Thursday, finding the remains of a missing woman and charging a suspect with murder.

Deputies found remains strongly believed to be that of Deborah Elaine Deans, who has been missing since 2004.

Deputies arrested and charged 49-year-old Kimberly Hancock with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Deans, a mother of four. Authorities said Deans and Hancock were sisters-in-law and briefly lived together.

Online records indicate Hancock, then known by Kimberly Kay Privette, was charged with manslaughter in March of 1989, but got a suspended sentence. The Sheriff’s Office says she killed her father after there was abuse in the relationship.

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