After days of searching through trash in a Virginia landfill, Roanoke, Va., police officers have found what could be the body of a 2-year-old boy first thought to be abducted, now presumed dead.
The boy’s step-father, 24-year-old Brandon Real Lockett, formerly of Macon, was charged last week with child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice. He has not been charged with killing the child, according to a Roanoke police news release.
Police officers discovered Wednesday the body of a small child in trash from the area near where Lockett, his wife and 2-year-old Aveion Malik Lewis lived, according to the release.
The child’s body has been taken to a medical examiner’s office in the Roanoke area to determine the identity and cause of death, according to the police.
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Police have not released any details about the race, age or gender of the child.
Officers are waiting on the medical examiner’s office to complete its analysis before releasing the information, said Aisha Johnson, police spokeswoman.
Johnson said there’s no estimate as to when the medical examiner’s analysis will be complete.
“It’s hard to tell,” she said.
Lockett remains at the Roanoke jail without bond, according to jail officials.
Lockett initially told police that three men knocked him unconscious, ransacked his house and restrained a 4-year-old girl before taking his stepson, Aveion, on Jan. 14. He said the men also left a ransom note demanding $10,000, according to a report in The Roanoke Times.
Lockett told police last week the toddler was dead before he was reported missing.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
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