COPY-Waiting for ground penetrating radar test results for 67-year-old crime

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A descendant of a woman and child who disappeared 67 years ago says he'll find out if their bodies are under a house in Carolina Beach in December.

41-year-old Leila Bryan and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel vanished in 1941.

Family members have always thought Bryan's husband, EC Bryan, buried the bodies there.

Two weeks ago, state investigators used high tech equipment to look beneath the concrete, but the results of those tests aren't back yet.

"The owner of the house is going on vacation, out the country, and they can't get it done before he leaves. So, they're going to have to wait until he gets back in early December," said Lewis Smith, a descendant of the victims.

The SBI isn't talking about the status of the case.

Leila Bryan's nephew says he's been assured by the SBI, that they'll be digging for the remains next month.