FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Family and friends will pay their final respects to Stephanie Parze today New Jersey.

Earlier this week, the 25-year-old Freehold woman’s remains were found in Old Bridge, and prosecutors officially named her ex-boyfriend John Ozbilgen as her killer.

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Parze was reported missing when she didn’t show up for work on Oct. 30.

“We identified 29-year-old John Ozbilgen as a person of interest early on in our investigation, based largely on his on-and-off nature of his relationship with Stephanie and a number of social media notifications that we were made aware of,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced Monday.

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Over the course of the investigation, Ozbilgen was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges. Weeks later, he took his own life at his Freehold home.

“In the note, Ozbilgen stated he had had enough and that he could not do life in prison. He also admitted that what his parents would hear in the news was true, except for charges of child pornography,” Gramiccioni said. “Ozbilgen acknowledged that he had dug himself a deep hole and wrote at the end of his note that this was the only choice.”

Parze’s heartbroken parents attended Monday’s announcement, where her father thanked “Steph’s Angels” for tirelessly searching for their daughter.

“It goes without saying that our family is devastated,” Ed Parze said. “However, Stephanie is home. She’s coming home at last, right where she belongs. We have God to thank for that.”

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The medical examiner is still working to determine how Parze died. Prosecutors said Ozbilgen had a history of assaulting her.

Her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church Chapel on Lincoln Place in Freehold.

In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to 180 Turning Lives Around, a domestic violence shelter in Hazlet, New Jersey. Click here to share your condolences.

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