Kansas police have found a body believed to be that of a missing 3-year-old boy who vanished while in the care of his mother and her boyfriend.
Authorities in Wichita, Kansas, believe that they found remains that fit the description of the child, though they will not have a confirmed DNA match for approximately two weeks, notes KWCH.
Evan Brewer, the grandson of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, went missing in July after father Carlo Brewer sought a court order that month to keep the boy away from the mom, 36-year-old Miranda Miller and her partner, 40-year-old Stephen Bodine.
The boy's father had been in contact with the Department for Children and Families since March and told them in April that his son was being abused. On July 6, he received a protection from abuse order that authorities attempted to serve to Miller, though they were unable to find her, according to The Wichita Eagle.
Officials believed at the time that she had left the state with her son and was actively avoiding authorities.
But it was too late. On Sept. 3, Wichita police stopped by the couple's rented home -- in which Evan had been living -- after a property owner notified them that there was a suspicious concrete structure in the house that was letting off a foul odor.
When police had it removed, they found the child's remains.
"We are devastated by the death of our sweet and loving grandson, Evan," Carl said in a statement, according to KWCH. "We can not begin to make sense of this tragedy but are thankful the suspects are in custody. We request prayers and privacy for our family during this difficult time and while the police continue their investigation."
Both Miller and Bodine were already in jail -- Miller on other child custody charges and Bodine for aggravated assault charges -- when the grisly discovery was made.
"I didn't know the man and woman who lived in the home very well, others say they mostly kept to themselves," said one neighbor who said he saw a forklift remove something that looked "like a small coffin" and was "the size of a toddler bed."
Miller and Bodine are also charged with aggravated interference with parental custody, while Bodine faces an additional charge for criminal damage to property.
"Child deaths are always difficult cases," said Lt. Jeff Gilmore with the Wichita Police Department, notes The Wichita Eagle. "The circumstances surrounding this particular case have been difficult for the family, the first responders and the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, the child."