In a statement, the FBI Atlanta said the agency’s laboratory part had confirmed done DNA investigation that the bones recovered in Superior Landfill successful Savannah, Ga., belonged to 20-month-old Quinton Simon.
Quinton was reported missing by his mother, Leilani Simon, 22, on Oct. 5.
He was past seen successful his location on Buckhalter Road, wherever he reportedly lived with his mother, her boyfriend, his 3-year-old brother, and the child’s maternal grandparents, Thomas and Billie Jo Howell.
He was wearing a airy bluish “Sesame Street” garment and achromatic pants astatine the time, constabulary said.
The toddler’s disappearance prompted a large-scale hunt that included hunt dogs, a helicopter, and heat-seeking technology, with aggregate FBI agents and constabulary working 18 to 20-hour days successful an effort to find the boy.
His parent was named arsenic the superior suspect a week later, and she was subsequently arrested connected charges of malice murder, concealing the decease of different person, mendacious reporting, and making mendacious statements involving her son.
Police said astatine the clip of her apprehension that they believed the toddler’s remains had been near successful a dumpster, and a hunt began successful the section landfill.
“This is simply a heartbreaking development,” Jeffrey Hadley, the constabulary main successful Chatham County, said astatine a quality league earlier this period aft the bones were discovered.
“From the beginning, we were hopeful we would find him live and unharmed. But grounds has ever pointed to the parent and we judge his remains were recovered successful the landfill,” helium added.
The FBI said connected Monday that agents person present stopped moving astatine the landfill wherever the bones were discovered pursuing a five-week hunt for the boy.
“The FBI is thankful for the concern with Chief Hadley and the full Chatham County Police Department. A monumental squad effort was enactment distant by everyone progressive successful bringing closure to this horrific situation,” the connection read.
The bureau besides thanked forensic anthropologists from Georgia Southern University and the absorption and workers astatine Waste Management Superior Landfill, noting that “this concern was thrust upon them, and the Waste Management squad was highly cooperative and offered their equipment, time, and expertise passim the search.”
During the hunt for the boy, officers went through 1.2 cardinal pounds of trash astatine the landfill.
The FBI said connected Monday that Quinton’s lawsuit and the ineligible proceedings against his parent are present being handled by the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office.
Lorenz Duchamps contributed to this report.