Shaun Lawson, cousin of Nevaeh Buchanan, gets a hug from girlfriend Brooke Ashworth as dozens of searchers and supporters gather at the Charlotte Arms apartment complex in Monroe, Mich., on Thursday June 4, 2009. The body of a missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan has been found near a river in the southeast part of the state, one of the girl's relatives told a newspaper Thursday night. (AP Photo/Brandy Baker / The Detroit News)
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Mich St Police Crime Lab confirmed asNevaeh
Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009
NORTHVILLE, Mich. - The Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory in Northville, Mich., said they have made a positive identification of Nevaeh Buchanan.
Investigators said DNA testing confirmed that a body found June 3 buried along the River Raisin in Rainsinville Township is 5-year-old Nevaeh.
Family and friends filed in and out of the family's Charlotte Arms apartment building Tuesday evening, all stopping to lend support and comfort. A private vigil for the family was also held.
Nevaeh was last seen the day before Memorial Day in the parking lot of the Charlotte Arms on Macomb Street. A multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of city, county, state and federal police received upwards of 1,000 tips and conducted intense coordinated searches throughout the city. Hundreds of family members and volunteers also assisted in separate searches.
On Friday, authorities said the body found encased in cement by fishermen belongs to a child the same size, gender and age of the missing girl and they had "reasonable suspicion" it is Nevaeh. A shirt resembling the one she was wearing when she vanished also was discovered.
Authorities said Monday the identification hinged on DNA results, the Detroit Free Press reported. An autopsy was being performed by the Wayne County medical examiner's office in Detroit.
Who would kill this beautiful child? Who would kill any child? Who would kill Navaeh Buchanan?