GOSHEN, VT. >> The father of a Connecticut woman whose remains were found in Vermont nearly a year after she disappeared says his daughter was tough and must have known her killer.

William Hart, of East Hartford, Connecticut, tells the Rutland Herald that 24-year-old Denise Hart was a fighter and wouldn't have let a stranger get close enough to harm her.

Denise Hart disappeared Jan. 25. The car she was driving was found burning the next day in Cornwall and her skeletal remains were discovered Tuesday off the edge of a road in Goshen. Police say she was a victim of homicide but haven't said how she died.

William Hart says his daughter was studying to become a parole officer.

"She definitely wanted to become something," he told the Herald.