Smyrna probe into child’s remains continues

SMYRNA – Investigators were casting “as wide a net as possible” while searching for clues into last week’s discovery of a child’s remains near the Little Lass softball fields, Smyrna Police said on 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 asked for the public’s assistance in providing information and 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,” he said.

By Monday, all evidence had been collected from the scene next to Duck Creek Parkway and 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.

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

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