Smyrna police widen search for clues about child’s remains

SMYRNA — Investigators were casting “as wide a net as possible” in the search for clues into last week’s discovery of a child’s remains near the Little Lass softball fields, Smyrna Police said Monday.

The remains of a child believed to be younger than 10 years old were located by a person walking a dog on Friday afternoon, Smyrna Police spokesman Cpl. Brian Donner said.

Smyrna PD asks for the public’s assistance in providing information. The department also reached out to other law enforcement agencies regarding possible missing person cases or investigations that might be connected.
“We’re working to establish a timeline and identity of the victim and then move the investigation forward from there,” Cpl. Donner said.
By Monday all evidence had been collected from the scene next to Duck Creek Parkway. Police were working to “restore the area by removing any tarps, tents or other equipment and returning the area to its original state,” Cpl. Donner said.

A large amount of straw covered ground between a batting cage and Duck Creek Pond late Monday afternoon and two Philadelphia-based television crews were preparing to broadcast reports.

Nearby resident Dorthy Faulkner routinely heard the bustle of Little Lass next to her home and vehicles traveling by on the parkway near Smyrna Middle School, but she found the recent activity a bit unsettling.

“I’m used to the traffic and the softball games but not police vehicles and the road being blocked off like it was,” said Ms. Faulkner. She has lived at her home for 60 years.

Speculation was rampant about what exactly happened and who was involved, said Ms. Faulkner.

“I heard they found a little girl and then someone else said later it was a boy,” she said. “I don’t really know what to believe, but I hope they find out something soon.”
Said Cpl. Donner, “For the most part the general reaction is that people are as surprised as we are about the situation.”
The Little Lass complex is closed and will reopen on Wednesday. Smyrna Little League will provide baseball field space until then for softball teams to practice.

“Thank you for all the understanding and support during this difficult time,” a Little Lass Facebook post read.

Police received a report of the discovered remains at approximately 4:30 p.m. Besides Smyrna PD detectives, Delaware Attorney General’s Office, Chief Medical Examiner and Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel arrived to investigate.

Cpl. Donner said evidence of a nearby fire were located. More public information would be provided if available, he said.

Police ask anyone with information to possibly assist the case to call Det./Sgt. Brien Street at 653-9217.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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