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Investigators search for Kirsten Hatfield’s remains at murder suspect’s home

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MIDWEST CITY – Investigators continue searching the home of Anthony Palma, the man arrested for the kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Kirsten Hatfield.

On Wednesday, CSI, the Medical Examiner, and Midwest City police were inside and outside the house using ground-penetrating radar to detect human remains.

“It’s a time consuming, very painstaking process. They typically go foot by foot, so we may be out here for days, up to week before we clear this scene,” Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

The ground-penetrating radar looks like a lawnmower, but is actually used to uncover hidden graves. The device feeds back radar images that show any difference in soil, indicating where something or someone could possibly be buried.

The radar has already been successful once. On March 11, 2015, agents used the ground-penetrating radar to find the body of Samantha Weaver, who disappeared in 2012.

At Palma’s house, we also saw investigators pulling up floor boards in the living room Wednesday morning.

Shortly after noon Wednesday, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes told us nothing has been found yet.

NewsChannel 4 has learned an attorney met with Palma in the Oklahoma County Jail this morning, and he is no longer talking to law enforcement.

When he spoke with investigators, he denied any involvement in the case but consented to a DNA swab.

Authorities say “the report showed that Anthony Palma’s DNA matched the DNA found on Kirsten’s panties and window sill. The match was one in 293 sextillion.”

Palma is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bond.

 

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