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Kynande Kalehje Bennett
Kynande Bennett
Kynande Bennett, age-progressed to 6 years
Kynande Bennett, age-progressed to 11 years
Circa 2002
Age-progressed to 6 years
Age-progressed to 11 years

MISSING since September 29, 2002 from Whiteville, North Carolina

Police Case #2002003189
NCIC Case #M-552739886
NCMEC Case #NCMC946349

Classification:
Endangered Missing
Hair Color:
Brown
Age Missing:
3
Eye Color:
Brown
Gender:
Female
Height:
3'10"
Race:
African-American
Weight:
90 lbs.
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1998
Alias/Nickname:
Her name is pronounced "kee-NAHN-day".

Identifying Characteristics:
Kynande has pierced ears and a birthmark on her right arm.
Clothing/Jewelry:
When she was last seen, Kynande had braids in her hair and was wearing a grey "FUBU" shirt and blue jeans.
Circumstances of Disappearance:
Vartasha McCullough, Kynande Bennett's mother, and Kevin Bennett, Kynande's father.Unknown. Kynande's photos are shown age-progressed to six years and 11 years, respectively. She was reportedly last seen in the company of her mother, Vartasha "Tasha" McCullough, at a K-Mart department store at 5:00 p.m. They resided in Conway, South Carolina and were visiting Kynande's uncle in Whiteville, North Carolina that day. At first McCullough claimed Kynande disappeared in an aisle of the store, but she later changed her story and said she walked into the store and thought Kynande was behind her, but turned around and she was gone. Nobody remembered seeing the child with her mother in K-Mart that day. Investigators claim that there is no evidence that Kynande was even in the state at the time. No one other than Kynande's parents saw her in the two days before she was reported missing. Authorities later discovered biological evidence in McCullough's apartment that suggested a physical assault had taken place. The evidence was matched through DNA to Kynande. Kynande's parents (pictured above right) were both arrested in February 2003 and charged with homicide by child abuse in connection with their daughter's case. In 2005, the charges against Kevin Bennett were dropped due to lack of sufficient evidence. In 2006, Vartasha McCullough was convicted of homicide by child abuse. The judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison. Due to circumstances involved, foul play is expected.
Investigating Agency/Contact:

Whiteville Police Department:  1-910-640-1428
Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:  1-800-843-5678

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