Posted: Dec 28, 2012 7:45 AM
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Police investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old Las Vegas girl expect to know Friday if it was her body that was found in an undeveloped housing tract.
Authorities couldn't immediately confirm that the body belonged to Jade Morris when it was discovered Thursday, Las Vegas police homicide Capt. Chris Jones said.
But, "I can tell you that the likelihood is that this is our victim," Jones said. He said the body belongs to a black girl, and Jade was black.
Coroner Michael Murphy said he expected to make a positive identification Friday, the same day that Brenda Stokes, the woman Jade was last seen with, appears in court on charges that she slashed a co-worker with razor blades at the Bellagio resort casino.
Jade's family last saw her at about 5 p.m. Dec. 21, when Stokes picked her up for a shopping outing, police said. Police said Stokes was a trusted friend of the girl's father, and family members have told reporters that the two dated for several years.
Stokes, who also uses the name Brenda Wilson, was arrested later that night after she was accused of slashing the co-worker.
Stokes, 50, is now in jail, and Jones said she has not cooperated in the investigation of the girl's whereabouts.
A passer-by called 911 about noon Thursday, and North Las Vegas police found a girl's body in brush near palm trees in a small traffic circle near Dorrell Lane and North Fifth Street.
The location is a short distance from the northern 215 Beltway and about 10 miles from the downtown Las Vegas outlet mall off Interstate 15 where Stokes was to have taken the girl shopping.
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