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FBI evidence response team assisting in New Boston cold case search

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Missing since New Years Day, 2000: Ladana Wiley (Source: NamUs) Missing since New Years Day, 2000: Ladana Wiley (Source: NamUs)
A tarp was erected early Thursday afternoon, after digging with heavy excavation equipment stopped and picks, shovels and a sifter were brought out. A tarp was erected early Thursday afternoon, after digging with heavy excavation equipment stopped and picks, shovels and a sifter were brought out.
NEW BOSTON, TX (KSLA) -

Digging with heavy equipment halted early Thursday afternoon in the search for the remains of a New Boston woman missing since 2000.

Smaller excavation tools were brought out around 2 p.m. and a tarp was erected. Digging with heavy equipment has since resumed, but the tarp remains in place.

New Boston police and members of an FBI evidence response team have been searching since just before 8 a.m. in an area near the corner of Nelson and Griffin streets in New Boston, which is north of I-30 near Hadaway Road.

New Boston police say new information led them to the now-empty lot there, where a house once stood.

Ladana Renee Newton Wiley was 27-years-old when she was last seen on New Years Day in 2000. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), "Ms. Wiley's mother dropped Ms. Wiley off at her residence on the evening of January 1, 2000 and noticed that her daughter appeared nervous and jittery. Ms. Wiley's mother phoned her an hour later and she did not answer."

The FBI in Dallas confirmed Thursday morning that they have dispatched their evidence response team unit (ERTU), the police equivalent of CSI, at the request of local police.

FBI spokesperson Katherine Chaumont described the team sent to New Boston as a "large contingent," and referred all further calls to New Boston police.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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