- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 1, 2002

STONEVILLE, N.C. Remains found in a wooded area are those of a child who was shot once in the head, the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office said yesterday.
Authorities have been trying to determine whether the skull and bone fragments are those of Jennifer Renee Short, a 9-year-old Virginia girl who has been missing since her parents were found fatally shot in their home Aug. 15.
Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said the remains are those of a 9-year-old white female, based on an analysis of the teeth.
Authorities were still awaiting DNA testing of a leg bone to determine the identity of the remains found in the county. The bone was being taken to Roanoke yesterday for testing and an identification could be made in the next day or so, Sheriff Page told reporters.
Today, divers plan to search the bottom few feet of a pond outside the Rockingham County home where the remains were found, Sheriff Page said.
Dr. Aaron Gleckman, associate chief medical examiner for North Carolina, said in a statement that the cause of death "is a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner has been classified as homicide."
Dr. Gleckman said the remains were consistent with a 9-year-old Caucasian child.
The remains were found about 30 miles south of the Shorts' home near Bassett in Henry County, Va. The missing girl's parents, Michael and Mary Short, were each shot once in the head.
The bones, including a partial skull with hair intact, were found Wednesday near the home of Eddie Albert, who authorities said is not a suspect in the case.
Search crews yesterday continued to comb the woods where the remains were found.
Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell said earlier yesterday that his office had questioned people in Rockingham County but no suspects had turned up.

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