A Kentucky couple has been arrested after authorities discovered human remains inside a tote bag in a storage locker while searching for a missing girl.
Cheyanne Porter, 27, and Jose Gomez-Alvarez, 31, were each charged with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday in a news release.
Deputies learned of the missing girl from a caller who reported that they had not seen one of the children who was in the care of Porter and Gomez-Alvarez for some time.
“The caller stated that [Porter and Gomez-Alvarez] had different excuses as to why this child was never with the other children and believed something may have happened to the child,” the sheriff’s office said.
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Investigators determined the child had not been reported missing and subsequently filled a missing persons report.
On Monday, authorities said deputies received information that led them to a storage facility in Owensboro, where a locker in Porter’s name was found. Officials did not immediately provide details about what information led authorities to the storage facility.
A search of the locker revealed a tote with suspected human remains inside. The remains were sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and identification.
The body is believed to belong to 9-year-old Alianna Maya Gomez-Alvarez, WFIE-TV reported.
Deputies said that Alianna’s siblings told them that they were mistreated, and that Alianna was locked in a basement for an extended time when she died of convulsions, the report said.
Authorities described Porter and Gomez-Alvarez as transients who’ve lived in different states and stayed in local hotels for much of 2022.
Deputies said no additional information would be released at this time.