FLINT (WJRT) (11/09/2017) - Two days after partial remains of two human bodies were found in Flint's Broome Park, a woman looking for her missing daughter said police are asking for dental records.
Connie Rau, whose daughter was reported missing to police on Aug. 18, said she got a call from police on Wednesday inquiring about her daughter's dental records.
"He asked me what dentist my daughter went to and said he wanted to get dental records," said Rau.
When Rau asked the detective why they needed that information, she said he told her they wanted to try a different avenue.
"I don't believe it," said Rau, "I know they're checking them with the remains that they found."
A man walking his dog in Broome Park late Tuesday morning first reported finding the human remains, but he couldn't point police to them. Around noon, an MTA bus driver located the same remains and showed them to police.
The Flint Police Department, Michigan State Police and FBI then spent the rest of Tuesday and most of Wednesday combing the park, which is along 12th Street west of Fenton Road, and the surrounding area for more evidence.
The remains were badly decomposed, so police weren't sure of the age, gender or race of the people found.
Thursday night state police released a statement confirming they are attempting to gather dental records, DNA and other biometrics to identify the human remains found in the park.
Connie in early September was out searching for 27-year old Presley Rau, who is also known as Amy Jo, on the city's south side.
"It's not about her lifestyle," said Rau during a search for her daughter on Sept. 8. "She's loved, her family and kids need her."
Despite the news of Tuesday's discovery in the park and the phone call from police Connie said she is still holding out hope her daughter, who has three young daughters, may still be alive.
"The unknown is what's killing you," she said as a tear slid down her cheek. "You don't sleep, you don't eat like you used to, it consumes your whole life."
Connie said she last spoke with her daughter by phone on Aug. 11 and that the two kept in contact regularly by phone no matter what. That's why she feared this time was different and reached out to police to file a missing person's report.