PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Pine Bluff police say an internal investigation is under way to determine why evidence gathered more than a month ago in a missing persons case was sent to the crime lab just this week.
Authorities searched a home March 28 in connection with the 1994 disappearance of 18-year-old Cleashindra Hall. Little Rock television station KATV reports that Hall's family thought the evidence was awaiting analysis at the State Crime Laboratory.
Instead, Hall's mother says, the evidence has been sitting at the Pine Bluff Police Department until this week.
Pine Bluff Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones did not return messages seeking comment, but a police spokeswoman says an investigation into the delay is under way.
On Wednesday, friends and family held a vigil to mark the 18th anniversary of Hall's disappearance.
Information from: KATV-TV, http://www.katv.com/