Police believe body found in field may be missing 2-year-old
Wichita police said Monday evening that they had arrested a woman in connection with the case of a 2-year-old girl missing since Sunday night.
Police said earlier Monday that the body of a female toddler – thought to be 2-year-old Jhornee M. Bland – was found in a small wheat field in the 1900 block of North Hydraulic.
At about 6:30 p.m., Tyerria M. Miles, 25, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated endangering of a child and possession of stolen property. Police said the arrest was connected to Jhornee’s disappearance.
Those charges could be amended, depending on the results of an autopsy, police spokeswoman Nikki Woodrow said. The coroner’s report is not completed, she said, adding that there are no other suspects.
There was no bond amount listed for Miles on the county’s jail log.
Jhornee was officially declared missing Sunday night near Oliver and 31st Street South, Woodrow said. Authorities converged in the area of 18th Street and North Hydraulic on Monday afternoon, about 6 miles from Jhornee’s house.
Woodrow, in a news conference shortly before 3:45 p.m., said the body of a female child had been discovered. She said Jhornee was last known to be in the care of a 25-year-old family acquaintance.
“We’re trying to piece it together right now,” Woodrow said of the unfolding investigation.
She said the department’s homicide unit is working closely with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit on the case.
Jhornee’s mother called 911 at about 10 p.m. Sunday, saying she could not locate her child, Woodrow said. She had dropped her off earlier that evening with the family acquaintance.
“The EMCU detectives were called in, and they worked all night and today,” Woodrow said.
Jhornee is 2 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 40 pounds and was last seen wearing a lime-green-and-yellow shirt, tan leggings and black-and-pink shoes, police said earlier in the day when they asked for the public’s help in finding her.
An Amber Alert was not issued when she was reported missing because there was no indication she had been abducted, Woodrow said.
Woodrow said Jhornee’s family is being cooperative. She said more information is expected to be released after the body has been examined by the Sedgwick County coroner.
Craig Gilkey, a resident in the neighborhood where the body was found, said he was surprised when police cars showed up Monday afternoon.
“I knew something bad had happened,” he said. “And when I found out it was a baby? That is the hurting part.
“I just can’t understand who would hurt an innocent child.”