Police continue searching
by Rachel Davis
Jul 15, 2012 | 5197 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Sartec K-9 Search Unit looked for more human remains after a skull was found in a home’s crawlspace last week. Photo by: Rachel Davis
Members of the Sartec K-9 Search Unit looked for more human remains after a skull was found in a home’s crawlspace last week. Photo by: Rachel Davis
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On Saturday, Jasper Police, along with an investigator for the Alabama Bureau of Investigations and the Sartec K-9 Search unit, returned to the South Lowell house where a partial human skull was recovered last week.

The volunteer team from Sartec took their dogs, one at a time, into the crawlspace under a home on Live Oak Place, where the skull was originally found. The dogs did not indicate the presence of any other human remains in the crawlspace.

The dogs were also used to search two nearby wooded areas, but did not indicate human remains in those areas either. According to JPD Detective Sargeant Jimmie Vann, the ABI has also used radar in an attempt to locate remains.

“We had been hoping to find more of the remains to make an identification,” Vann said. “We still have not been able to locate more of the remains.”

Vann said that JPD will meet in the coming week to determine the next step and best course of action.

The house was the last-known address of 104-year-old Mary Cobb and her daughter, 83-year-old Wynona Delvecchio. Both women went missing a decade ago. Initial evaluation of the skull revealed that it belonged to an elderly woman. The skull is widely-assumed to belong to one of the women, although a DNA match has not yet been completed. The skull is currently at the Department of Forensic Science for analysis.

“We have a person of interest who was the last person known to have contact with the missing women,” Vann said. “She is someone who use to live in the neighborhood.”

Former neighbor Wanda Kiser was charged with fraud in 2006 after she reportedly cashed checks made out to Cobb.

“This isn’t the end of it, we’ll keep looking,” Vann said. “We want to find Ms. Cobb and Ms. Delvecchio and bring some closure to us, as well as the family and the neighborhood.”

Despite the lack of resolution for the case, Vann had high praise for the Sartec team.

“When I called to request assistance, they were happy to come help us,” Vann said. “It’s really impressive, especially since they are all volunteers.”

The dogs undergo rigorous training to be able to detect human remains in a variety of conditions.