Stays present in Oklahoma recognized as lacking 4-year-old woman

Stays discovered final week have been recognized as these of a lacking 4-year-old Oklahoma woman, authorities stated Thursday.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had initially been unable to substantiate the stays, discovered Jan. 17 in rural Grady County, belonged to Athena Brownfield, and stated a health worker would make the identification.

The state bureau stated Thursday that the Oklahoma Workplace of Chief Medical Examiner positively recognized the stays as Athena.

The bureau did not present any further remark, citing a gag order filed in Caddo County District Courtroom that prohibits legislation enforcement from making public feedback concerning the investigation.

Authorities and volunteers had been looking for Athena since Jan. 10, when a postal employee noticed her 5-year-old sister alone close to the ladies’ house in Cyril, the state bureau stated. At that time they realized one other youngster was lacking, company spokesperson Brook Arbeitman stated.

Athena Brownfield.Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation through Fb

On Jan. 16, investigators stated their search had shifted to a “restoration operation” to search out her stays.

The stays had been discovered exterior of Rush Springs, about 16 miles southeast of Cyril, in neighboring Caddo County, the state bureau stated. Authorities have not launched further particulars about the place and the way the stays had been discovered.

Ivon Adams and his spouse, Alysia Adams, had been each arrested Jan. 12. in reference to the case.

Ivon Adams, 36, was arrested in Phoenix and faces one rely of first-degree homicide and one rely of kid neglect, the state bureau has stated.

Alysia Adams, 31, was arrested on the Grady County Sheriff’s Workplace and faces two counts of kid neglect. She is being held within the Caddo County Jail, officers stated.

Based on arrest affidavits for the pair, Alysia Adams instructed a state bureau particular agent her husband beat Athena to dying on Christmas. She stated he instructed her he buried her physique close to their outdated residence in Rush Springs, the affidavit stated.

The State Bureau of Investigation has stated Alysia Adams is expounded to the 2 ladies, and that the sisters had been in her take care of at the very least a 12 months.

Athena’s sister was positioned into state protecting custody, Arbeitman stated.

Brokers have interviewed the ladies’ organic dad and mom and they’re cooperating with the investigation, the state bureau stated.

After her 5-year-old sister was discovered, authorities launched a widespread seek for Athena, who was described as having restricted verbal expertise.

The search expanded to neighboring Grady County, and officers had searched ponds and different our bodies of water within the space, in accordance with NBC affiliate KFOR of Oklahoma Metropolis.

Cyril is a city about 65 miles southwest of Oklahoma Metropolis in Caddo County.

Claire Cardona and Chantal Da Silva contributed.

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