A Kentucky couple is under arrest in connection with the grisly discovery of a tote bag in a storage locker that may contained the remains of a missing child, authorities said.
Cheyanne Porter, 27, and Jose Gomez-Alvarez, 31, each face charges of tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
On Sept. 30, deputies responded to a missing person’s complaint from a family member who was worried about a 9-year-old girl who hadn't been seen since last November, WFIE-TV reported.
According to the caller, Gomez-Alvarez and Porter “care for several children, however, one particular female child hadn’t been with them for some time,” the sheriff’s office said.
Officials said the caller then told deputies the couple “had different excuses as to why this child was never with the other children and believed something may have happened to the child.”
According to officials, Gomez-Alvarez and Porter have been living in different states and staying in hotels throughout much of this year.
On Oct. 4, investigators received information that led them to a storage facility Porter was renting in Owensboro.
After obtaining a search warrant, deputies discovered a tote bag that contained suspected human remains, the sheriff’s office said.
Results from an autopsy and a positive identification of the victim are pending.
WFIE-TV reported the remains are believed to belong to the missing girl, Alianna Maya Gomez-Alvarez. According to the station, deputies said the child died after she was locked in a basement and suffered convulsions.
The investigation is ongoing.
“Hurt, really hurt. No words can describe the pain, I’m telling you ... I can’t,” the girl’s great aunt, Tina McStoots, told WKYT about the case.
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