Landlord Finds Child’s Body Encased In Concrete In Rental Home

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Landlord Finds Child’s Body Encased In Concrete In Rental Home

The body of a small child encased in a concrete structure has been found by a landlord cleaning out a rental property after an eviction in Wichita, Kansas, according to police and news reports.

Police were called after the landlord and property owner, who was cleaning out the rental property, found a suspicious concrete structure emitting an odor inside the house and called 911, Lt. Jeff Gilmore told the Wichita Eagle newspaper. Officers got a search warrant and found the concrete structure and removed it from the house.

It was later discovered that it contained the body of a 3-year-old boy, Evan Brewer, based on preliminary evidence Gilmore said. He said it would take about two weeks for DNA confirmation.

Gubernatorial candidate, and former Wichita mayor,  Carl Brewer confirmed Tuesday that Brewer is his grandson.

“We are devastated by the death of our sweet and loving grandson, Evan,” he said in a statement. “We cannot 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.”

Two adults - Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine - lived in the home. Both are currently being held in the Sedgwick County jail on charges connected to a child custody case, according to Wichita television station KWCH.

Landlord finds child's body after police search for mother

Lt. Gilmore said police had been trying to serve a protection of abuse order to the biological mother, Miranda Miller.

Lt. Gilmore provided the following timeline in the case:

March of 2017: Carlo Brewer, Evan's father, contacted Department for Children and Families and Wichita police over his son's welfare. Evan was in the custody of his biological mother, 36-year-old Miranda Miller at a home on South Vine.

April: Allegation of abuse regarding Evan was reported to DCF, which investigated.

July 6: A protection from abuse was issued by the court to Carlo Brewer on behalf of his son. Wichita police continued to work with Carlo on locating his son.

Late August: Wichita police continued to investigate, learned Miller was aware of the PFA (protective order) and that she was eluding being served the order.

August 30: Miranda Miller located, without Evan, in Wichita and was arrested for aggravated interference with child custody.

Gilmore discussed the case in a video on television station here

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