Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Child's skull found in Ritzville, Washington in 2006

When the FBI tried to do a DNA test on the skull, they also were not able to extract enough DNA. They apparently hope, though, that someday they will have the technology to know who this little one is. Also, since it is not known for sure if it is Cody or Sofia, we still can hope that they will be found safe!

Older story from http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003454936_webskull30.html?syndication=rss:

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - Page updated at 08:44 AM
DNA tests fail to identify child's skull found near Ritzville
By The Associated Press
RITZVILLE — DNA tests have failed to establish the identify of a child
whose skull was found last summer in a field by U.S. Highway 395, and Adams
County Sheriff Douglas Barger hope the FBI can do better.
Scientists at the
health sciences laboratory of the University of North Texas in Forth Worth were
unable to extract enough DNA from the bones, Barger said Wednesday.
"The FBI
thinks they might be more successful," he said. "I hope they are, because we've
got to identify who it is."
A farmer found the skull in three pieces Aug. 12
in a field just south of this Eastern Washington town, and no other bone
fragments were found despite an extensive search covering about 100 acres. The
bones had been damaged by field burning.
Investigators have said the skull
might be from one of two missing children - Cody Haynes, 11, who vanished from
his family's home in Kittitas in September 2004, or Sofia Juarez, 5, was last
seen in Kennewick in February 2003. Kennewick is about 70 miles southwest of
Ritzville, and Kittitas is about 120 miles to the west.
Richard Haynes, the
missing boy's father, has been under scrutiny from authorities in Kittitas
County. He reportedly told investigators he took a meandering 250-mile drive
that included the critical stretch of U.S. 395 in search of auto parts the night
his son vanished. He said he believed his son was a runaway.
The little girl
disappeared after being given $1 by her mother to buy candy at a convenience

If you know anything about the disappearance of either of these children, please call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). For Cody, you can also call the Kittitas police at (509) 925-8534; for Sofia, you can call the Kennewick police at (509) 585-4208 or (509) 628-0333.

You can print a poster of Cody here and one of Sofia here.
Cody's website: http://www.codyhaynes.org/

Sofia's website: http://www.geocities.com/thekarmaclub/sofia.html

Pictures of both children from the NCMEC.

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