UPDATE: Persons of interest identified in Smyrna human remains case

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Smyrna police this morning identified the persons of interest in the 2019 case involving the discovery of a child’s remains at Little Lass fields on Duck Creek Parkway.

Smyrna police spokesman Sgt. Brian Donner identified the persons in custody out of state as Kristie Haas, 28, and Brandon Haas, 38, both formerly of Smyrna.

The child victim in this case has been preliminarily identified as Emma Cole, age 3 at the time of her passing, police said.

This investigation remains active and ongoing, and there are no further details to be released at this time, Sgt. Donner said.  There is no active threat to public safety.

In November, authorities publicly released facial reconstruction images to assist investigation into a child’s remains located near the Little Lass softball fields on Sept. 13.

SMYRNA — Smyrna police announced Tuesday that persons of interest in a 2019 case involving the discovery of a child’s remains are in custody in an undisclosed state.

This investigation began Sept. 13, 2019, when the human remains were located near the Little Lass softball fields on Duck Creek Parkway, police said at the time.

In a news release Tuesday, Smyrna police spokesman Sgt. Brian Donner said search warrants are being executed, evidence is being processed and interviews are ongoing. The FBI is assisting local police in the case, he said.

Sgt. Donner said police will release information “if and when the persons of interest are transferred to our custody.”

No further details were currently available, Sgt. Donner said. He declined to take follow-up questions and said a case update would be provided “in the near future.”

A preliminary investigation indicated that the remains were of a Caucasian or Hispanic female, likely between 2 to 5 years old, police said at the time of discovery.

In November 2019, police publicly released facial reconstruction images of what the child may have looked like prior to her death. The images were created by forensic artists with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

NCMEC examined a CT scan of the child’s skull along with the report of Dr. David Hunt, a Smithsonian Institution forensic anthropologist, who examined the remains while partnering with the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.

After an initial flurry of tips from the public both locally and regionally, police said in November said the responses had waned.

At the time, police said an anthropological exam of the remains indicated that the child may have suffered from chronic illness or illnesses.

This story has been updated to provide additional details.