Oklahoma officials looking for a missing 4-year-old girl on Tuesday found the remains of a child, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.
“At this time, the OSBI cannot confirm the remains are those of Athena Brownfield,” the bureau said in a statement. “The remains will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City for positive identification.”
The couple who had been taking care of Athena Brownfield have been charged in connection with her disappearance.
The remains were found outside Rush Springs, a town in rural Grady County, about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City. Rush Springs is about 25 miles from Cyril, which is where Athena’s sister was spotted wandering by herself earlier this month by a postal worker.
On Monday, after a week of looking for the girl, investigators said their search had shifted to a “recovery operation” to find her remains.
Ivon Adams, 36, was arrested Thursday in Arizona and is set to be extradited to Oklahoma on charges of murder in the first degree and child neglect, the state bureau said.