Police still await DNA results in Shanika Small case

Shanika Small, 20 of Dauphine, has been missing since October 21, 2011.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Relatives and friends of Shanika Small will have to wait longer yet to know if the decomposing body found in Welcome on Oct. 30 is that of the 20-year-old Dauphine resident who went missing on Oct. 23.

Commissioner of Police Keith Miller said on radio last night that police were yet to receive the results of samples sent for DNA testing.

“We have sent across the samples for testing and we are still awaiting … the results,” said Miller, who was a guest of a talk show.

Small’s disappearance is a mystery that captured the attention of the nation after it became public that her last communication was to text message a friend saying, “call 911’.

There were also doubts about whether the body found in October was Small’s since a female teenage, who has since been reunited with her family, was also missing.

Further, there were initial concerns about the size of the body and the extent of decomposition relative to the length of time Small was missing.

However, experts later said that the weather in the area where the body was found could have hastened decomposition.

The body was too decomposed to allow Small’s mother, Sheryl Small, to make a positive identification. But she later identified clothes on the body as that of her daughter.

Police, however, say that DNA tests are needed to make a definite identification.

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9 thoughts on “Police still await DNA results in Shanika Small case

  1. so sad, gold bless family

    Posted by veronica lewis | January 19, 2012, 11:54
  2. Why is this result taking so long??

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 19, 2012, 18:08
  3. st vincent is so back ward that a dna test take forever ,how come when a man and woman go to the family court to prove if a child is a man own it dont take that long .they gonna prove this when the killer or killers leave the country.

    Posted by vincy | January 20, 2012, 15:26
  4. The commissioner said that the police force is upgraded with young people with degrees,and even psychologists too. Are they there for the money or to make a difference? Certainly I haven’t seen anything differently happening under these new police potentials
    Neut &Indep

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | January 24, 2012, 15:29
  5. Honestly, why is it taking so long? It has been almost three months already. Is there not a way to expedite the process so that friends and family can finally get an answer? This uncertainty is torture for all her loved ones. People need to be able to grieve properly, or know not to give up hope. And isn’t this information crucial to the police investigation so they know which direction they need to go in? There is a big difference between murder and a missing person. Won’t the huge delay hinder their investigations? Either way, they need an answer ASAP!

    Posted by Nancy | January 24, 2012, 19:19
    • So true Nancy, I’m not sure if these tests take place here, nevertheless, it is still too long. I hope the authorities will remedy this situation asap!!

      Posted by no-nonsense | January 26, 2012, 21:56
  6. this is ridiculous its almost 6 months since dna samples went to be tested and still no results….. questions if it was done or is it paid for……

    Posted by sitis | April 29, 2012, 12:54


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