A 5-year-old girl found encased in concrete and previously known only as “Baby Jane Doe” has been identified after 35 years, as authorities announced the arrest of her mother and her mother’s boyfriend in Georgia on Monday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news conference in the city of Waycross that the body was that of Kenyatta “KeKe” Odom, who was found in Millwood, Ware County, Georgia on Dec. 21, 1988.
Special Agent in Charge Jason Seacrist told the assembled media that the body was found in an old TV cabinet, wrapped in a blanket, placed in a duffel bag and then surrounded by concrete, at an illegal dumping site in Millwood.
Evelyn Odom, also known as Zmecca Luciana, 56, and her live-in boyfriend at the time, Ulyster Sanders, 61, both from Albany, Georgia, were arrested without incident on Nov. 9, police said. They were charged with felony murder, child cruelty in the first degree, aggravated battery, concealing the death and conspiracy to conceal the death, the GBI said in a statement Monday.
Both suspects remain in police custody. It is now known whether they have paid legal representation. Investigators are working to locate the girl’s father.