In March 2008, the property owners found a suitcase containing bones in a field
about 40 yards from the mobile home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
~ Badly decomposed ~
Twenty-three people linked to the News or to the property owners were asked to give DNA samples for testing, Anderson said. Rachel New’s sample showed that she was the mother of all three infants, Anderson said.
The bodies – two boys and a girl – were so “badly decomposed and compromised,” Anderson said, that forensic investigators cannot tell whether the babies were born alive and killed, or were stillborn. They have also been unable to determine who the father was.
Further charges are possible as investigators examine the evidence and interview Rachel New’s associates, Anderson said.
Rachel New and Paul New have consistently denied knowing anything about the remains, Anderson said.
When confronted with the DNA results, Rachel New asked for a lawyer, and questioning ended, Anderson said.
Paul New has not been ruled out as a suspect, the sheriff said.
“We’re certain that some wrongdoing occurred here,” Anderson said. “If someone passes away, you cannot put them in a Tupperware container and pour bleach on them and hide them away.”
Investigators think bleach could have been used to speed the decomposition process or to mask the smell of the decomposing bodies, or both. The sheriff would not discuss other items found in the containers along with the infant remains.
~ Spellbound and speechless ~
Rachel and Paul New rented the mobile home from Rex and Auneta Southern. Rex Southern found the first set of remains, later identified as a boy with blond hair, in a suitcase hidden by thick vegetation, his wife said Thursday.
“I’m spellbound and speechless,” Auneta Southern said. “I’ve known [New] for more than three years and never had anything but nice conversations with her.”
On Aug. 23, the Southerns’ son, Justin Southern, found a cardboard box containing a set of remains under the mobile home’s front porch steps. A sheriff’s deputy discovered a pink plastic container that held a third set of remains, the affidavit stated.
Paul New had finished moving out of the mobile home shortly before that, the affidavit stated.
“We found one in 2008, and that was the most terrible thing we thought we’d ever have to live through,” Auneta Southern said.
It’s horrible enough once, but to have to live through the same story three times, it’s unbelievable. It’s like a movie.
[“Skeletal remains of two infants found under mobile home’s porch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Tx.), Nov. 13, 2009]