CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Days after the skeletal remains of a missing Fort Campbell soldier were found in Robertson County, her father vowed to get justice for his daughter.
Pfc. Shadow McClaine went missing on Sept. 2, 2016 and she was never seen or heard from again. Her remains were found early Monday afternoon at the Maxey Road exit off Interstate 24.
“I was always hoping for a different outcome. Obviously, this was not the outcome I wanted, but I do know where my daughter is at,” Jessie Willis said.
Shadow’s father, of California, has been adamant about keeping her name and face in the public’s eye and has remained in Tennessee over the course of the search.
“I feel a huge weight was lifted from my shoulder,” he said. “I have been all over Tennessee looking for her, [and] there’s still a weight.”
He continued, “I was not leaving here without my daughter. Now we have her and will give her a proper burial. Now she’s coming home.”
The skeletal remains were removed by the medical examiner’s office Tuesday morning and were positively identified as 25-year-old McClaine on Wednesday.
“My body just went numb, like, I don’t understand how somebody could do something like that to her because she didn’t do anything to anybody. She was a good person,” said Trystan Harding, who served in South Korea with McClaine.
She added, “She would give you the shirt off her back if she could. All she wanted to do was get out of the Army and get home to her family where she was loved and she didn’t have to worry about looking over her shoulder all of the time.”
Two other soldiers out of Fort Campbell are currently being held in McClaine’s death. The U.S. Army preferred charges against the men for conspiracy, premeditated murder, and kidnapping.
“They’re going to get what’s coming to them. They’re not going to get away with this. We are in their lives now until whatever happens to them happens,” Willis vowed. “This town will not forget what happened to Shadow McClaine. They will remember who did this to her. We will get justice for Shadow McClaine.”
Lead searcher Shawn Calvon added, “It’s justice for Shadow McClaine time now. No one deserves to die the way Shadow died.”
McClaine’s abandoned car was found in a private parking lot in downtown Nashville days after she disappeared.
Further details on the investigation or how McClaine might have died were not immediately released.
“God has a beautiful angel now. She can now rest in peace,” Calvon said.
McClaine’s remains will be flown back to California where she will be buried.
The investigation into her death is active and ongoing.
Her boyfriend also attended the Friday news conference, but he did not release a statement.