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Remains Found After 14 Years?

January 7, 2000

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) _ More than 13 years after 6-year-old Michele Dorr ran from her house to play in a backyard pool, police have found what they believe are her remains.

Hadden Clark, 47, a former neighbor convicted of killing the girl, took police to the gravesite Thursday, a mile north of the busy Capital Beltway and a five-minute drive from the Dorr home, The Washington Post reported. Police would not confirm that Clark was involved in the discovery of the remains.

``It’s nice to have the opportunity now to bury Michele and have a funeral for her, those things we weren’t able to do for so long,″ said her father, Carl Dorr. ``I still miss Michele to this day and I will continue to miss her. But at least I’ll have somewhere to go to say goodbye.″

Police said today they are confident they have recovered all the remains that have not decomposed.

Clark, who previously denied killing the child, was taken from prison in western Maryland to a park where the remains were found, the Post said.

The discovery comes less than three months after Clark was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing the child. He will begin serving that sentence after he completes two other sentences, totaling 40 years, for a theft charge and for the 1992 murder of Laura Houghteling, 23.

Remnants of the pink bathing suit Michele was wearing when she disappeared were found at the gravesite in North Paint Branch Stream Valley Park.

``It is a situation that for us brings some closure,″ said Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose.

Earlier, police said they were led to the scene by confidential information, but would not confirm whether they were tipped by Clark.

Police spokesman Lt. Mike Garvey said police dogs searched a one-mile area for two days and gave officers an ``alert″ at a site, where police began digging Thursday.

The remains were buried no more than 18 inches deep on a ridge not far from the Old Columbia Pike.

The medical examiner’s office will use dental records to identify the remains and will also try to determine a cause of death.

Police had searched for the girl’s remains previously in Montgomery County, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Michele was last seen playing in the backyard of her father’s home on May 31, 1986.

Prosecutors said Michele went to the home of a playmate, a niece of Clark’s who lived near her, but the only one at the home at the time was Clark. Prosecutors said Clark stabbed her to death, cleaned up as much of the blood as he could and then disposed of her body.