MILWAUKEE (AP) — A body found in Minnesota matches the description of a 2-year-old girl whose mother was killed in Milwaukee this past week, a spokesman for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Saturday.
Bureau spokesman Bruce Gordon told TODAY'S TMJ4 and the Associated Press the body has been preliminarily identified as Noelani Robinson.
Gordon said the body was found in Steele County, Minnesota, south of Minneapolis. The Minnesota agency is waiting for formal identification and preliminary autopsy results from the medical examiner, he said in an email.
At a news conference Saturday, Police Chief Alfonso Morales says Noelani was found wrapped in blankets at the side of the road near Austin, Minnesota.
Authorities had asked "the entire nation" for help finding Noelani after the arrest of the girl's father, who is suspected of fatally shooting her mother in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales said Friday that the suspect, Dariaz Higgins, had been providing police with information on the whereabouts of his daughter, but that it all had "proven to be untrue."