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Homicide Victim ID Not Confirmed, Police Say

Mount Pleasant Police are hoping dental records and DNA will lead them to a solid identification of the lone victim found after a Christmas morning fire gutted a home.

The young adult woman whose body was recovered from the scene of an early morning Christmas fire remains unidentified, Mount Pleasant Police say.

According to a written release MPPD sent on Thursday, officials are working with the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and the Racine County Medical Examiner's office to positively identify the victim using dental records and DNA.

 but because of the burns suffered in the fire, police are unsure if the young woman died in the fire or if the fire was set to cover up her murder.

While no one is custody yet, police have identified a person of interest.

"Investigators have identified and interviewed a person of interest in this case," the statement reads. "No charges have been issued."

The Kenosha News, however, is saying the victim may be 21-year-old Bianca Vite. Her father, Mike Vite, is telling the paper that Bianca Vite's ex-boyfriend is being held at the Kenosha County Jail in conjunction with the case.

But Mount Pleasant Capt. Brian Smith reiterated they do not have a positive ID on the victim and no one is in custody in relation to this case.

"There is no positive identification on the deceased party and until we get that, we can't attach any names," he told Patch Thursday afternoon. "As for a potential suspect, MPPD does not have anyone in custody for a homicide or any charges related to this."

Police have leads and are interviewing people, he added.

"Of course we hope these leads bring us to charging someone, but we are nowhere near that point yet," Smith said. "It's premature and maybe a little irresponsible to throw someone's name out there right now when it could turn out that we're wrong."

Patch will update this story as more details become available.

Shanna Larson-Baker December 31, 2012 at 04:44 AM
And u don't know what this this family is going thru right now ms asiyanbi. Does it matter why they were there? She lost her life. THAT is what matters. U weren't there tonight to see all the devastation and grief. It's easy for u to not speculate. Try walking in our families shoes and see how u feel. Until them keep your comments to yourself
Heather Asiyanbi December 31, 2012 at 09:54 PM
@Shannon - I am very sorry for this family's pain and anguish. As the reporter, though, I am simply writing the story as it is told to me by the police. I am waiting for word from the police about the identity of the young woman before I report anything further. Please note that I clarified that police confirmed that whomever was in the home had permission to be there.
Doris January 01, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I agree why someone was in the house is the most irrelevant part of this case. I can't even begin to imagine what this family as well as friends are going through and people are concentrated on why people were in the house.. I'm just so sorry for the families loss I really truly am. Sorry such a wonderful person(I read I do not know the victim) was taken from our world considering all the bad people out there, someone to add joy to the lives surrounding her. . I don't ask why the victim was in the house, I ask why did this have to happen to this beautiful girl.. It's heartbreaking it really is. Nobody deserves to have to bury their loved one sooner than they should be, the pain and anguish I nor you could even begin to comprehend. All I can say, is I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart and soul.
Mike P January 02, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Mrs. Evenson - question, is the person that they are referring to have any relation to a Bobby P. (I won't use the last name) from Arlington Heights??? Mike
A caring friend January 15, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Bianca was an amazing girl. And we all lost some one very special. It doesn't matter why it happened or how, her life was taken from her and now everyone has to some how find strength in this time. So to those of you who have no lives and have no connection to her and are jus wondering about "the story". Leave it be and jus have compassion for her loved ones and for her life.

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