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Vernon PD: Human remains not 1 of 3 missing women

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Vernon police stand guard after human remains were found in March. Vernon police stand guard after human remains were found in March.
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

Vernon police said the human remains discovered in a town in March do not belong to the any of the three women reported missing in the 60s and early 70s.

The remains were found in a wooded area off West Street and were collected by Connecticut State Police and Vernon police to submit them to the Connecticut Forensic Laboratory for scientific testing.

DNA criminalists from the lab were able to obtain a DNA profile of the human remains and were entered into the Combined DNA Index System.

A check into that system was negative for a match, and therefore a positive identification was not made.

More testing showed that the remains didn't belong to three missing local girls: Lisa White, Janice Pockett or Debra Spickler.

"Vernon police detectives will continue to work with the Connecticut Forensic lab, Connecticut State Police and other officers to try and ID the human remains," said Vernon police Lt. William Meier during a press conference Tuesday. "Any future entries into the system will automatically be checked against the DNA from the Vernon human remains case."

The discovery was made in March after a student from Manchester Community College found a human skull along a brook at the Old Rockville Landfill. The student picked it up, brought it to his house and contacted police.

During a search of the area, a hip and femur bone were also discovered. At the time, officials said the skull and bones belonged to a white woman in her 30s.

"I was really hoping it'd be Lisa White because it's been a long time and hoped it's be over for them," said Peggy Wilde, who babysat White in high school.

She told Eyewitness News she has fond memories of the sweet little girl.

"It was very sad when she disappeared and sad her mother never got any closure," Wilde said.

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