A TRAGICAL update was revealed in the case of a 16-year-old girl who disappeared on Valentine’s Day in 2000.
Partial remains of the teenager were discovered near a Texas oil field on August 1, 2013 and identified nearly nine years later.
The human remains were positively identified this month as Sylvia Nicole Smith, a teenager who was reported missing by her mother 22 years ago.
Slyvia’s mother originally filed a runaway complaint with the Midland Police Department on February 18, 2000, four days after she last saw her daughter.
Sylvia’s previously unidentified remains were found by workers surveying an oilfield drilling site near 1160 South County Road and FM 1213.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the news in a press release Monday, and after a “full investigation” helped leading authorities confirm the remains were those of Slyvia.
“The remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, where an anthropology report was prepared and DNA extracted,” the DPS said.
The DPS continued: “The results showed that the victim was a woman, between the ages of 14 and 21, who was a likely homicide victim.
“The DNA results were entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
“No results came back for the next several years, and in 2020 the Rangers, working with the Midland County District Attorney’s Office, sought additional means to identify the remains.”
After the remains were sent for advanced DNA analysis, the results showed the victim was of African American descent.
The results – which also identified the deceased’s eye color, hair color and skin tone – were matched to a distant relative by a genetic genealogist.
“A genetic genealogist examining the DNA helped identify a match that led to a distant relative,” the press release said.
“Rangers interviewed numerous potential relatives to gather family information and in May 2022 information on the victim’s mother led to the Midland region.”
When Rangers took DNA samples from Sylvia’s family on June 9, 2022, leading to the review of the teenager’s remains.
A homicide investigation by the Texas Rangers into the teen’s death is still ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding Sylvia’s disappearance or murder is encouraged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477), submit information through the Texas Rangers Cold Case website, or call the Crime Stoppers hotline call missing persons at 1-800-. 346-3243.
A $3,000 reward is being offered by Texas Crime Stoppers to anyone with information that may help authorities solve Slyvia’s case.
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