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Doyle
10-03-2003, 07:13 AM
Lawmen believe missing girl is dead
http://www.fayettevillenc.com/story.php?Template=region&Story=5913938

Doyle
05-21-2004, 06:05 AM
Kynande hasn't been found almost 20 months after her mother said she was snatched from a Kmart, hasn't been found after searches by hundreds from several states, hasn't been found more than a year after police charged her parents with homicide by child abuse.
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/8710779.htm

fourboys
10-05-2005, 08:51 PM
New Developments in Kynande Bennett Case

Posted: October 5, 2005

Nearly three years have passed without a trial in the Kynande Bennett case. That trial has now been set for one parent, and charges are dropped for the other.

Four-year-old Kynande was reported missing from the Whiteville K-Mart in the fall of 2002 and her parents were arrested in her disappearance. Both were charged with homicide by child abuse.

After their arrest, the couple paid bond and were allowed to return to their homes where they have been living ever since.

Now, Kynande's mother, Vartasha McCullough, will go to trial in February of next year. However, charges have been dropped against the father, Kevin Bennett, after it was determined there was insufficient evidence to go ahead with a trial against him.

http://www.wect.com/Global/story.asp?S=3941940&nav=2gQc

PonderingThings
02-11-2006, 03:44 PM
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/13849393.htm

A mother received a 20-year prison sentence after a jury found her guilty in the 2002 disappearance of her 4-year-old daughter. An Horry County jury found Vartasha McCollough-White guilty Friday of homicide by child abuse, unlawful neglect of a child and inflicting great bodily harm on a child. The jury deliberated for four hours. Judge Edward Cottingham sentenced her shortly afterward.


More at link

mysteriew
02-11-2006, 04:32 PM
Details about the trial. From reading this article, I really don't know, defense did make some good points.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16100955&BRD=2081&PAG=461&dept_id=385210&rfi=6

Bobbisangel
02-12-2006, 02:44 AM
Details about the trial. From reading this article, I really don't know, defense did make some good points.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16100955&BRD=2081&PAG=461&dept_id=385210&rfi=6



I don't think I could have voted "guilty" if I had been on the jury...just going by what was said in that article by the Pros and the defense.

Did they have any evidence of the possibility of abuse besides the black eye the little girl had....mom said it was caused by a book falling and hitting her?
Her school said they had never noticed anything.

Her lack of emotion at the station right after she said her daughter was taken could simply have been from numbness. It sounds like LE was focussed on the mother right from the beginning. Why lie to her about needing article's of clothing for search dogs and never use dogs. Why didn't they take dogs to that parking lot???

As far as a WalMart greeter recognizing the mother who was without her daughter....how in the heck could a greeter remember anyone unless the person drew attention to themself? Greeters see tons of people walking by a day.

Boy, I wonder if any video cameras picked up this mother or her daughter in the parking lot or if LE even bothered to check the cameras. Remember when Dru went missing? There was a tape of it in the parking lot.

I hope the wrong person didn't get sent to prison only because LE was so anxious to arrest and try the mother. By the sounds of it they have no evidence...not even circumstancial evidence.

SewingDeb
02-12-2006, 03:40 AM
Bobbi,

If I remember correctly, the video cameras showed the mother going in alone. That's why she was suspected right away.

Kelly
06-05-2006, 01:59 AM
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Bobbisangel
06-05-2006, 04:56 AM
Bobbi,

If I remember correctly, the video cameras showed the mother going in alone. That's why she was suspected right away.



The mom said that when they were out in the parking lot she went to grab a cart and when she turned around her daughter was gone.

Even after re-reading the story I don't see how the jury found her guilty.

Sable
03-06-2007, 01:23 AM
New Developments in Kynande Bennett Case
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OCTOBER 5, 2005 -- Nearly three years have passed without a trial in the Kynande Bennett case. That trial has now been set for one parent, and charges are dropped for the other.

Four-year-old Kynande was reported missing from the Whiteville K-Mart in the fall of 2002 and her parents were arrested in her disappearance. Both were charged with homicide by child abuse.



more at link: http://www.wect.com/Global/story.asp?S=3941940

bykerladi
03-07-2007, 10:28 PM
The mother was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years. http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:v0exyr4PlfoJ:www.wwaytv3.com/global/story.asp%3Fs%3D4487443%26ClientType%3DPrintable+K ynande+Bennett&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us

More info from the trial :
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16100955&BRD=2081&PAG=461&dept_id=385210&rfi=6

AfterMidnight
08-11-2007, 08:05 PM
Kynande went missing from Whiteville, North Carolina on September 29, 2002. When last seen she was supposedly at K- Mart with her mother. Kynande was reported wearing black sneakers, a FUBU t-shirt, with her hair in small braids tied with small bows and/or barretts.

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bennett_kynande.html (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bennett_kynande.html)

Although Kynande’s body was never found, her mother was charged with her murder and sentenced to twenty years in prison, Kynande’s father was charged with a battery of lesser crimes which were dropped later on.
On March 18, 2005, the skeletal remains of a child estimated to be between 5 - 9 years old was discovered in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/479ufnj.html (http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/479ufnj.html)

The estimated date of the Jane Doe’s death is January 1, 2004. I don’t believe this precludes Kynande because we all know LE cannot be certain of the time of death, and the body was in sufficient atrophy that it was impossible to tell if the child was black or white, what color hair, etc. LE is leaning toward black.

If you compare the Jane Doe composite with the photo and the age progressed picture of Kynande, I believe there is a resemblance. Look at Kynande’s hair in the picture, then look at the Jane Doe. Those look like the EXACT same barretts holding each girl’s hair. How odd is that, unless they may have been found with the body?

A sneaker was found with the body which looks black to me, the same color as Kynande’s, but I could be wrong. There is also a strange item, possibly a piece of clothing, found with the body. Look at it carefully. Odd? I think so. Now, go to the FUBU t-shirt site

http://www.fillow.net/shopimages/products/extras/2803firmdetalle2.jpg

Blow up the picture and look at the lower design on either side of the "92 shield". It looks to me as if the piece of cloth found with the body may possibly be a piece of a FUBU t-shirt like the one Kynande was wearing. There are many colors and designs of FUBU t-shirts, but this one looks close to me. Maybe it is a piece of a FUBU t-shirt, and maybe not, but my hair stood on end when I saw it.

I realize the child disappeared from North Carolina and the Jane Doe was found in New Jersey. However, no one except her parents had seen Kynande for two days prior to her mother reporting her missing - plenty of time to dump the body out of state and be back for the fake K-Mart abduction.

This may be a stretch, but I’m leaning toward this Jane Doe being Kynande Bennett. What do you guys think, I need some opinions here.

SadieMae
08-11-2007, 10:35 PM
I think you're on to something. I don't recall too many tennis shoes for girls in black. Mostly girls shoes are white, pink, etc. The age range of UID fits also it may have been placed older than Kynande because of height of the remains. The shoe size is definetly in toddler sized, which I believe go up to size 12. I doubt a 9 year old would have a size 8.5 shoe size, so I'm leaning the remains were of of a child no older than 6. I don't understand the 50# difference in the weight range. Maybe the piece of clothing had a size tag, or looked larger. But children do wear t-shirts oversized. I think this is a good possibility of being Kynande going by height and weight.

BethInAK
08-12-2007, 03:38 AM
As for shoe size: My Monk is 2 and wears a size 7 shoe - his feet seem to be about average or slightly larger than average in size. So 8 1/2 for a four year old girl sounds just right.

dimples37398
08-12-2007, 04:13 AM
I think you are definately on to something, there aren't many little girls that do wear black sneakers. Also my daughter is on the small side and she is 4 1/2 and wears a size 9-9 1/2 . So those shoes are definately the size of a 3-4 yr old. Also the piece of shirt does look like alot of Fubu shirts I have seen. I think for sure this is a great possibility, I would like to know if her parents visited that area in the days prior to the missing report. I think you should report it because it does match up majorly. Great Great find, I am praying for an answer, so this little girl can have peace.

Great Job,
Kel

Spazkat9696
08-12-2007, 10:05 PM
Wow good find. I wonder what the grandma said that led to the charges.

SadieMae
08-13-2007, 12:02 AM
I think you are definately on to something, there aren't many little girls that do wear black sneakers. Also my daughter is on the small side and she is 4 1/2 and wears a size 9-9 1/2 . So those shoes are definately the size of a 3-4 yr old. Also the piece of shirt does look like alot of Fubu shirts I have seen. I think for sure this is a great possibility, I would like to know if her parents visited that area in the days prior to the missing report. I think you should report it because it does match up majorly. Great Great find, I am praying for an answer, so this little girl can have peace.

Great Job,
Kel
I thought that too dimples...not many girls wear black sneakers. I also did some searching and could not find a missing child matching Kynande's description for NJ. Also...once a body decompses to bones, how can LE determine a time of death beyond that? I think a DNA test would be in order from the mother. Midnight, have you contacted authorities yet on this one? This appears to be too close of match to be ignored by LE.

AfterMidnight
08-13-2007, 12:14 AM
Thank you, one and all for the replies. I have not contacted LE yet, I wanted to get some other opinions first. Now, I will contact them. You know, I hate so much to be a pain to LE if I'm wrong, but I guess there isn't any other way.

Thanks guys!

SadieMae
08-13-2007, 12:17 AM
Even if it's not a match Midnight, LE knows there are people trying to find her. She is not a forgotten child. Go for it!!

ihadcabinfever
08-14-2007, 10:23 AM
I think you're on to something. I don't recall too many tennis shoes for girls in black. Mostly girls shoes are white, pink, etc. The age range of UID fits also it may have been placed older than Kynande because of height of the remains. The shoe size is definetly in toddler sized, which I believe go up to size 12. I doubt a 9 year old would have a size 8.5 shoe size, so I'm leaning the remains were of of a child no older than 6. I don't understand the 50# difference in the weight range. Maybe the piece of clothing had a size tag, or looked larger. But children do wear t-shirts oversized. I think this is a good possibility of being Kynande going by height and weight.


I think it could be a boys size . Alot of girls wear black sneakers in grammar school. I was thinking they might sell that size at Stride Rite.

ihadcabinfever
08-14-2007, 10:25 AM
TEEKAH LATRES LEWIS
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=859446&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US
Tweety bird shirt pepe la pew sneaks warner bros ?
DIAMOND BRADLEY
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=915589&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US
ALEXIS S. PATTERSON
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=934881&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US
JAQUILLA EVONNE SCALES
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=919898&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US
TAYLOR DEANER WHITE
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=965499&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US
mouth forehead

BethInAK
08-22-2007, 02:49 AM
Thank you, one and all for the replies. I have not contacted LE yet, I wanted to get some other opinions first. Now, I will contact them. You know, I hate so much to be a pain to LE if I'm wrong, but I guess there isn't any other way.

Thanks guys!

AFTER MIDNIGHT - Is this YOU??? Did you contact LE?

look!!

Body found in New Jersey could be that of missing Whiteville girl


By Deuce Niven
Correspondent
WHITEVILLE — A laboratory in Texas is testing DNA samples to determine
whether a body found in New Jersey is that of a 4-year-old girl who went
missing in 2002.

The girl’s mother, Vartasha McCullough White, was sentenced to 20 years in
prison for killing Kynande Bennett even though the girl’s body never was
found.

White claimed Kynande disappeared from a Kmart in Whiteville in 2002.

Sean Adison, a detective with the Conway Police Department in Conway, S.C.,
said the DNA testing will determine whether the body found in New Jersey is
Kynande.

“They’ve got the DNA profile we developed during our case,” Adison said.
“They are comparing it with the remains they recovered in New Jersey.”

Adison said he does not know when the Texas lab will complete its work.

Conway police took over the case after officers in Whiteville decided that
White lied when she said the girl went missing at the store there.
Investigators don’t believe Kynande was in Whiteville on the Sunday evening
she was reported missing. White was living in Conway at the time.

An anonymous Internet user put police on the New Jersey trail, e-mailing
links to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to news
outlets and to police, asking if a body found in Upper Freehold Township in
Monmouth County, N.J., in March 2005 might be Kynande.

White was convicted in 2006 of homicide by child abuse, aiding and abetting
child abuse, and child neglect.

Her lawyer, Ralph Wilson, is aware of the remains in New Jersey and wants
the DNA analysis done, said his son, Ralph Wilson Jr. The younger Wilson is
a clerk in his father’s office. The senior Wilson is out of the country, his
son said.

Composite sketches
A hunter walking in Clayton Park in Monmouth County discovered a partially
buried skull and jawbone in tall grass on March 18, 2005, according to a
statement from the New Jersey State Police.

Detectives found a complete skeleton and some canvas material that is
possibly from a handbag or a book bag, with a print of the cartoon character
Sylvester the Cat.

Forensic anthropologists have created two composite sketches from the skull
and from DNA analysis that tells them the body is that of a girl, probably
black, who was between 5 and 9 years old when she died.

Tests on the girl’s teeth indicate she lived in a community where the water
is fluorinated. No fillings or dental work were found.

Two images of the child’s face give “a useful range of looks, depicting the
possible age range for the girl,” the statement said. One is a
computer-generated image based on a CAT scan of the child’s skull made by
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The other is a
drawing by a New Jersey State Police artist.

“It’s almost school time again, and we hope these images will trigger
someone’s memory of a child that disappeared between three to seven years
ago without an adequate explanation,” said Lt. William Sykes of the New
Jersey State Police.

A tip line has been set up by New Jersey police. Anyone who recognizes the
girl in the sketches, or who knows something about the case is asked to call
(866) 657-7411.

“This is a very solvable case if the right people see these images,” said
Lt. Col. Gayle Cameron, deputy superintendent of investigations for the New
Jersey State Police. “Until then, the tragic death of this child will be on
the minds and hearts of our detectives working this case.”

The person who e-mailed law enforcement identifies herself as Andrea. She
said she would like to remain anonymous.

“I think a lot of this stuff seems to slip through the cracks because no one
sends the information on,” Andrea wrote in an e-mail. “It’s kind of
disturbing that even though this child was found two years ago, unless I’m
wrong it’s just been checked out for the first time now to see if it’s the
same person or not. It’s pretty sad, and it makes me really mad.”



http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=270317 (http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=270317)

Taximom
08-22-2007, 03:01 AM
WOW OMGosh, I can't believe this!
An anonymous Internet user put police on the New Jersey trail, e-mailing
links to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to news
outlets and to police, asking if a body found in Upper Freehold Township in
Monmouth County, N.J., in March 2005 might be Kynande.

I can't tell you what I'm feeling right now. To think that family (except for the mother) will have their child back to give a proper burial....

AfterMidnight, you are just awesome. Thank you for looking so hard for this precious little girl. :blowkiss:

Angie4b1g
08-22-2007, 07:44 AM
Score one for the good guys!

Tricia
08-22-2007, 12:27 PM
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW

This is AMAZING!!!

See what you all can do? All you need to do is care enough to get involved and all kinds of good things can happen.

I am very proud of all of you.

waiting to here from Aftermidnight. ..:clap:

jantel74
08-23-2007, 05:04 PM
That's great! I hope this little Princess Doe will soon have an identity. Good Job, After Midnight.

hoppyfrog
09-10-2007, 11:03 PM
So what's the final word on this? Anyone know?

Hoppy

iNTERESTEDWOMAN
10-22-2007, 11:54 AM
It's been over a month since anything has been updated on this case. Have the DNA results come in?

My biggest problem with this case is the missing child height and weight. 90 pounds and 3'11" for a 4 year old (4 yrs and 1 month) is HUGE. This child would have been in almost the 100th percentile for height and weight. Actually she would be big for a child double her age. This is about normal for a 10 year old. Something is terribly wrong.

In the different articles I've read, they never mention she was a giant child.

Debbie Miller
10-29-2007, 12:05 AM
I remember reading an article stating that the dna testing could take 6 months to a year. Also, in later articles it was stated that investigators aren't so convinced that the unidentified little girl is Kynande.

If I recall right, Kynande's parents have no known ties to NJ, whether that is why they feel it isn't her, I am unsure.

teonspaleprincess
11-09-2007, 09:44 AM
The waiting is awful. I wonder how close they are to finding out if it's her? Do they have any other possibles?

ohwell1971
05-12-2008, 11:38 PM
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bennett_kynande.html

Spazkat9696
06-19-2008, 02:17 PM
any new info???

PinkyPoo
06-29-2008, 11:31 AM
I belive the mother went to trial and was convicted of the childs murder in 2006 and sentenced to twenty years in prison.
The little girl's body has never been found. :(

morf13
06-04-2009, 12:58 PM
I live about 45 minutes from Freehold,its really out of the way.Its towards the shore,but also near the pine barrens,which is a large tract of land(millions of acres in southern/central NJ)and that is not an area where people with no ties to NJ would find easily. I have to believe that the person that dropped this body there drove by on their way to the shore,or points north. Most likely i would say it was someone who knew this area pretty well

keeponsearching
06-04-2009, 02:40 PM
Any update?

It saddens me to realize they have found missing children that have no name. I feel so sad for this 4 year old girl. I hope she is named soon.

Kat
06-04-2009, 03:55 PM
I found an update from 15 March 2008 it is an article for purchase but the first paragraph is free to see:

http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=MB&s_site=myrtlebeachonline&p_multi=MB&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1204890A178915E0&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM

POLICE HORRY COUNTY Child's DNA not a match for lost Conway girl A DNA profile from a missing Conway girl did not match that of a child's remains found last year in New Jersey, according to Catina Hipp, spokesperson for Conway Police. The unknown child's DNA did not match that of Kynande Bennett or her biological parents

The child they are referencing is the one listed above as Jane Doe Case File 479UFNJ.

That child remains unidentified according to the doenetwork link above.

imamaze
10-03-2009, 09:38 PM
The Charley Project (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bennett_kynande.html)




National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&LanguageCountry=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseLang=en_US&orgPrefix=NCMC&caseNum=946349&seqNum=1)

KYNANDE KALEHJE BENNETT Age Progression
Case Type: Endangered Missing
DOB: Aug 24, 1998 Sex: Female
Missing Date: Sep 29, 2002 Race: Black
Age Now: 11 Height: 3'10" (117 cm)
Missing City: WHITEVILLE Weight: 90 lbs (41 kg)
Missing State : NC Hair Color: Brown
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: NCMC946349

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
Whiteville Police Department (North Carolina) 1-910-640-1428

Debbie Miller
10-04-2009, 09:49 AM
I belive the mother went to trial and was convicted of the childs murder in 2006 and sentenced to twenty years in prison.
The little girl's body has never been found. :(

sure wish she would tell where the child's body is, after all she is in prison for the crime. :furious:

Kaylara
07-11-2012, 06:42 PM
*Wrong thread!*

Kaylara
07-11-2012, 06:45 PM
Morf13, I'm from that area too, and the place she was found was right by I-195 from what I understand. It could have been some tourists who visited Great Adventure at one point and saw that there is basically nothing else out there.

From what I read before, it seems like LE was leaning towards it not being someone local, because if they had gone about 50 feet further into the woods, they would have come to the swamp. If they'd thrown the poor child in there, she probably never would have been found. And all of the locals know about the swamps out there.