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Parents Of Missing 5-Year-Old Could Be Charged After New Evidence Surfaces
Police have suggested that Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson have not been honest about the whereabouts of missing Oakley Carlson, whose sister says she was "eaten by wolves."
New evidence could possibly lead to charges against a pair of Washington parents whose 5-year-old daughter has been missing for at least more than a year.
Prosecuting Attorney Jason Walker submitted a motion in Grays Harbor County Superior Court on Friday, suggesting that additional charges against Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson — the parents of 5-year-old Oakley Carlson — were underway, The Chronicle reports.
“There was a lot of discovery that came into my office from the sheriff late last week,” Walker said in court on Monday, according to the outlet.
While the contents of the evidence remain under wraps, he said he has an “eyewitness now and that’s going to change things.”
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office last spoke on the case in December, stating that they were then still “actively investigating the unexplained disappearance of Oakley Carlson.”
They made it clear they think that the "disappearance is criminal in nature" and they do not believe she is alive.
“Detectives are seeking any information from anyone who may have seen Oakley Carlson alive since January 27th 2021," they stated. "With all of the attention this investigation has gathered, they have not received any information that Oakley has been seen alive since that date.”
That challenges the timeline of the parents, who claimed they last saw her on Nov. 30, 2021.
Oakley’s 6-year-old sister apparently told a child advocate that the girl had “been eaten by wolves,” Fox 13 reports. She also apparently said that her mother advised her not to talk about Oakley.
While neither parent has been charged in connection with Oakley’s disappearance, they have been charged in connection with her sibling. The sheriff’s office alleged in December that Andrew Carlson and Bowers had not been providing medication prescribed to the child as required by her doctor.
“The medicine has been withheld for approximately 15 months,” they stated. “The medication is necessary for her physical wellbeing and puts her at risk for physical impairment and could eventually result in death.”
The Grays Harbor County Prosecutors Office then charged each parent with felony abandonment of a dependent person in the second degree. Bail was set at $150,000.
A joint trial for Bowers and Carlson has been scheduled for April 19.