UPDATE: 11/22/12 -- Multiple sources report that the remains found near Fort Bragg are not human.
The discovery of remains on Tuesday near Fort Bragg raised speculation that they might belong to a soldier who vanished seven months ago, WTVD reported.
But before investigators determine if they've at last found Kelli Bordeaux, they must determine if the remains are human or animal.
An Army forensic team is examining the remains at a laboratory, according to WNCT
Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army medic at the Fayetteville, N.C. base, vanished after a night of partying on April 14. When she failed to report for duty two days later, she was reported missing. Her husband, a civilian, was out of town the night she disappeared.
The last person to see her was a convicted sex offender who gave her a ride home from the Froggy Bottoms bar where she sang karaoke with friends. Police questioned Nicholas Holbert twice and ruled him out as a person of interest.
In April, police said they had reasons to believe Bordeaux was in danger, but didn't provide specifics.
With no suspects in the case, Bordeaux's sister begged on Monday for anyone with information to come forward.
"I know it's scary to do the right thing, especially if you know a hard truth, but you can't imagine how difficult it is for my family," Olivia Cox said on Fox News. "Her birthday is a month away and she's not here. She's not going to be here for Thanksgiving."