It may be several months before a laboratory in Texas determines whether remains found in New Jersey are those of a Conway child missing for five years, a police detective said Wednesday.
Conway Police last week received an e-mail with a drawing based on the remains of the child found two years ago, said Detective Sean Adison. DNA tests will help determine whether they are those Kynande Bennett.
The child's mother, Vartasha McCollough-White of Conway, was convicted of homicide by child abuse last year and sentenced to 20 years in prison even though the child's body was never found.
She told police her then 4-year-old daughter disappeared in 2002 from a Kmart in Whiteville, N.C.. Adison said authorities had evidence that the child was killed in Conway.
He said the DNA profile of the dead child is being matched against the remains of the unidentified child located in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County, N.J.
The DNA from the remains shows that child is probably a black female between 5 and 9 years old, according to a statement released last week by the New Jersey State Police who said they believe the child died between 2001 and 2004.
Prosecutor Greg Hembree said he is interested to see if the remains are those of Kynande, because that has always been a piece missing from the case.
But Adison said authorities don't know of any connection between McCollough-White and New Jersey.
"There certainly could be but nothing in front of me right now that says she has family or relationships in New Jersey," he said.