An investigation into the remains of a child uncovered in Smyrna continued Monday.
The gruesome discovery was made Friday, September 13, 2019, next to the Little Lass softball fields off Duck Creek Parkway in Smyrna.
Smyrna Police Corporal Brian Donner told WDEL the child is age 10 or younger, but they've been unable to ascertain whether the remains belong to a boy or girl.
"Somebody down there, visiting the park--it's open to the public--they had their dog with them. Dog wanders off, comes back with what looked like a bone fragment," he explained. "At which point, that person notified the police."
The park became a crime scene and was cordoned off.
Donner said they also uncovered evidence of a fire at the scene.
"Burn marks in the area, soot located on the ground," he said. "We want to let more analyses, scientifically, go forward, before we speculate whether the fire was directly placed on the remains."
The state fire Marshal's Office was called in to aid in the investigation.
It's unclear how long the remains may have been at the site or when the fire was set.
"We just don't know at this point, hopefully, some of the analytics will shed some light on that," he said. "We're kind of still at ground zero in this investigation in terms of we've combed everything; we've recovered everything we think might be useful ,and now all or most of that stuff has been turned over to the both fire marshal and the Division of Forensic Science to analyze and start getting some of those answers."
They're appealing to the public for help in the case, and he noted no amount of information is too small.
"Anyone that has been in that area, is familiar with that area, that's seen anything over the last several weeks or months that looked out of the ordinary, that looked suspicious, that didn't seem right, anything at all, please give us a call," he said. "We're so preliminary right now that we're going to vet anything that you give us. Anything that you might've seen, heard, smelled, saw, third-person, we don't care. Anything that you've got, please come forward to us, let us vet that out. It could be the missing key that we need to really get this investigation rolling.
"This is very out of the ordinary, and it's not a good thing...we're focusing all of our efforts on it, every ounce of energy and resource in this agency is being focused on it, and we hope to bring it to a conclusion as soon as we possibly can," he said.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Brien Street at 302.653.9217. Tipsters can also call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.