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Khandalyce Pearce will be laid to rest with her murdered mother in Alice Springs.

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A small white coffin containing the remains of the two-year-old, whose bones were found dumped in the South Australian bush, will be taken to Alice Springs over the coming days.

She will be buried with her mother Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, whose body was found in NSW in 2010.

“It is time for Khandalyce, and her mother Karlie to go home. To be reunited as one in each others arms. To rest in peace for eternity,” a family statement given to SA’s Commissioner for Victims Rights Michael O’Connell said.

Mother and daughter will reportedly be buried at a private funeral in Alice Springs after their remains have been repatriated.

“Karlie and Khandalyce were loved. They were missed. Their family lived in hope they would one day return home,” the family’s statement said.

“Both were incredible gifts – a blessing to all who truly knew them – that were never forgotten nor will they be.”

The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from across Australia.

“Heartfelt offers were forthcoming from strangers who wanted no more than to ensure that the child was able to rest in peace, knowing that others cared in spite of the most awful

Daniel James Holdom, 41, appeared in a Hunter Valley, NSW, court last month charged with Karlie’s murder.

-AAP

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