WICHITA, Kansas — Police are investigating the chilling discovery of the body of a 3-year-old child encased in a concrete block found in a recently vacated house.
The mysterious block was found on Saturday when the landlord went to clean out the home and noticed a foul odor coming from it, Wichita police said.
Investigators removed the block using a forklift and later discovered the remains of the boy inside, the police said.
Two adults who had lived in the house had been arrested last Wednesday — before the boy’s body was found — on different charges related to a child custody case, the Wichita Eagle reported.
Stephen Bodine, 40, was arrested at the home on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated interference with parental custody and was ordered held on $260,000 bond. Miranda Miller, 36, was arrested at a different location on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody and is being held on a $25,000 bond.
Police say they have a tentative identification on the boy, but were waiting for confirmation from the medical examiner’s office.
Neighbors told the paper that a few weeks earlier, fliers had turned up in the neighborhood seeking help finding a missing boy named Evan Brewer who lived in the home. The fliers identified Miller as his “non-custodial” mother.
Around that time, a group of protesters showed up outside the house, chanting “Give us, Evan.”