PORTLAND The family of 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn thinks her accused killer had accomplices in the crime, after a body presumed to be hers was found at Rocky Butte Friday.
Investigators still had not formally confirmed that the body they found at the search site was Vaughn, and said it could take days to positively identify the remains.
Vaughn had been missing since April and a former boyfriend, 16-year-old Parrish Bennette, Jr., was charged with her murder.
Family members said Friday they believed Vaughn's body was the one police had recovered.Medical examiners were expected to make a positive identification within a few days.
Little frail Parrish, he didn't do this on his own, Vaughn's mother Shaquita Louis said. Since this has come out I hope everything else comes out and everyone gets what they deserve.
Crews had previously searched Rocky Butte for her, but returned there Friday as a result of information Bennette provided to investigators earlier in the week.
The District Attorney s office told KGW there was no deal made with Parrish Bennette in exchange for the information.
Sources said he authorized his lawyers to approach prosecutors and tell them where the body was. He described the site, but did not go to the scene.
Vaughn's family arrived shortly after the body was discovered Friday, and they were greeted by Portland Mayor Sam Adams.
It brings a small but measurable closure to Yashanee s family, Adams told reporters.
The family held a vigil at the search site Friday night.
Crews returned Saturday morning to start cleaning up the scene.
Timeline: Police on Yashanee Vaughn case