Police took DNA samples from the mother of a missing toddler in connection with the investigation into a child’s dismembered remains, which were found in a Chicago lagoon earlier this month.
The samples were taken from a mother whose child was reported missing in Rockford, according to Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
NBC affiliate WREX reported the DNA was taken from the mother of 2-year-old Kyrian Knox, who went missing from a home in Rockford. It was not immediately clear how long the toddler has been missing.
Earlier this month, authorities found several body parts belonging to a toddler in Chicago's Garfield Park lagoon. Police said they recovered two feet, two hands and a head, all belonging to a child. A 20-pound weight was also found near the body parts, but it has not been determined if the weight is related to the discovery of the remains.
The child whose remains were found in the lagoon was described as an African-American child between the ages of 2 and 3. The child had short, curly black hair, brown eyes and earlobes that were not pierced, according to a statement from the medical examiner and Chicago police.
Investigators said they were following up on all documented missing person cases and working with the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Guglielmi said.
The mother of Kyrian Knox, Lanisha Knox, told WREX that she doesn't believe the child found in the lagoon is her son, adding she doesn't "want to speculate."
The remains have undergone several other tests, including a "dental consultation" and DNA sampling, but the results that have come back have not been able to determine the identity of the child.