The search for a missing 3-year-old in Alabama came to a tragic end after police located her body dumped in a landfill…
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a young girl went missing from a birthday party in Alabama two weeks ago, authorities launched an all out manhunt to find her and bring her home safely.
But on Tuesday, that search came to a heartbreaking end.
During a press briefing, Birmingham police announced that they had discovered the body of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney in a dumpster at a landfill, ending the state-wide search.
McKinney was last seen on October 12 during a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village public housing complex, according to a report from NBC News.
Police have two people in custody in association with the crime, a male and a female. They were identified by authorities as Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown.
They say that the suspects saw their chance to take the child without anyone noticing and they took it, snatching McKinney and driving away in their dark SUV.
The video was recovered from a surveillance camera within the Tom Brown Housing complex at about the same time as Kamille Mckinney was reported missing. If you are one of the people in the video, we need your help with the investigation! Please call at 205-254-7777. pic.twitter.com/lvaH1XSjuR
— Birmingham Police (@BhamPolice) October 18, 2019
“We believe they saw an opportunity to take a young child, which they did,” Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said.
Investigators are still trying to piece together details as to why McKinney was taken and how she ultimately met her demise.
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Police are hoping that the tragic event doesn’t go unnoticed to parents around the country.
“I hope that this message is not lost to young mothers, to grandmothers, and to the entire Birmingham community: it only takes a split second,” Smith said. “We can no longer assume that everyone is part of the village that is trying to raise the child.”
The mayor of Birmingham also spoke out, saying that the unimaginable pain that the family is going through will not go unnoticed. Prosecutors are seeking capital murder and kidnapping charges for the suspects.
“As chief has said, and I think I need to make this point, the perpetrator of this crime will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Mayor Randall Woodfin.
JUST IN: Authorities believe they have recovered the body of Kamille McKinney, the 3-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped near her home earlier this month. https://t.co/4z8hH0dUIb
— ABC News (@ABC) October 23, 2019
But Woodfin also called for peace, wanting the community to not focus on who was to blame, but rather the tragic and terrible loss of a young girl who would never get the chance to grow up.
“Tonight — right now at this moment that we’re standing in — I ask one thing of this community: not to take sides,” Woodfin said, according to NBC. “Not to finger-point. But if there is any finger-pointing, it’s to the suspect who would kidnap a 3-year-old. I ask every member of community to stand in solidarity beside this broken family.”
Birmingham's Mayor Randall Woodfin announced a vigil to honor Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. https://t.co/cK66oKWTLA
— WJHL (@WJHL11) October 23, 2019
The governor of Alabama also tweeted her condolences about the young girl’s case.
“The heart of our state is broken, but our resolve must be to do everything we can to avoid this tragedy from happening to another family,” Gov. Kay Ivey wrote on social media.
The suspects remain in police custody while authorities attempt to secure warrants for capital murder and kidnapping.