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DNA confirms remains are those of 3-year-old Evan Brewer

Vigil for 3-year-old Evan Brewer

People gathered on South Vine in front of the house where 3-year-old Evan Brewer’s body was found in a concrete structure last week.
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People gathered on South Vine in front of the house where 3-year-old Evan Brewer’s body was found in a concrete structure last week.

Wichita police on Monday confirmed that human remains found at a home in south Wichita are those of 3-year-old Evan Brewer.

According to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, DNA results positively identified the remains, police said in a news release Monday afternoon.

Evan, who is a grandson of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, was remembered at a vigil Sunday evening outside the house where his body was found.

The boy’s remains were discovered Sept. 2 at a home in the 2000 block of South Vine. Evan lived there with his mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine.

Miller and Bodine remain in jail on charges not directly related to the death.

“The property owner was cleaning out his rental property and alerted police to a suspicious concrete structure that was emitting an odor,” the police statement said. “Police removed the concrete structure from the house and later found the remains of Evan inside the concrete structure.”

Police are not releasing any more information in their ongoing investigation, the statement said.

Wichita police Lt. Jeff Gilmore gives a briefing on the death of 3-year-old Evan Brewer. His body was found on Saturday. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle / Sept. 5, 2017)

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