James Rada Jr.
(3/20) Although the exact identity of
skeletal remains found in Emmitsburg is still unknown as investigators await
DNA results, an autopsy of the remains has concluded several facts about the
According to the Frederick County
Sheriff’s Office, the autopsy conducted by Maryland’s Chief Medical Examiner
concluded that the remains are “that of a petite Hispanic female, approximately
25 years of age, with long dark hair” who was “approximately 5’2 tall and
weighed between 125 to 140 pounds.”
Initially, Detective Jeff Norris received
up to 25 phone calls in reference to missing person cases and the remains, said
Corporal Jennifer Bailey, but with the autopsy results in, the number has
fallen and the Sheriff’s Office is “weeding through” all of the cases. Norris
said that the pool of cases has pretty much been narrowed down to one, though
he did not identify the case.
Norris added that there are no active
leads on the case, but that they’re waiting on DNA results on the victim, which
could take a up to a few months to receive.
“We’re hoping sooner or later to have
something, but we’re waiting on the results,” Norris said.
Widespread speculation has been that the
remains could be that of Deysi Benitez, of Frederick, who was last seen on
March 18, 2007 and has not been seen since. Benitez’s husband and four children
were found deceased in their home on March 26, 2007, and it has been determined
that three of the children died due to suffocation and one from blunt force
trauma to the head. It was also determined that Benitez’s husband had hung
According to a missing person report on
the Federal Bureaus of Investigations website, Benitez was 25 years old, 5’2”,
weighed 140 pounds and had black, shoulder length hair at the time of her
Norris said he is not discounting the
possibility that the remains are that of Benitez.
“There are a lot of similarities there,” Norris said.
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