UPDATE: The father of 3-year-old Olivia Ann Jansen, has been arrested, according to online jail records for Wyandotte County.
As of Friday night, the Wyandotte County Detention Center says 29-year-old Howard Jansen is charged with abuse of a child and first-degree murder. Jansen will be held for 48 hours.
Early Saturday morning, jail records show Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse. The case numbers for Jansen and Kirkpatrick’s case are the same, according to reports.
This comes after an Amber Alert was issued Friday for the missing girl. Officials believe they found her body buried near the 3400 block of Steele Road in Kansas City.
Olivia’s biological mother is in prison for an unrelated crash that injured a 13-year-old. Relatives said the mom has learned what happened to her daughter.
UPDATE: Police said late Friday they had found a body during the search for 3-year-old Olivia Ann Jansen, who was last seen at her home in the 4400 block of Gibbs Road in Kansas City, Kansas.
An Amber Alert had been issued for the little girl late Friday morning. That Alert has been cancelled.
Search crews made up of authorities, families and friends looked for Olivia throughout the day.
Kansas City, Kansas, Police Officer Tom Tomasic said authorities found the body around 5:45 p.m. after receiving several tips about the location in a wooded area near a walking trail.
Tomasic said the body was buried, but authorities are “pretty sure” it is Olivia.
The FBI is assisting KCKPD with the crime scene as it turns from a missing persons case to criminal investigation.
“They’re going to take this one very slowly,” Tomasic said, noting that investigators will process the scene “and get every piece of evidence possible” to assist with a future prosecution.
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 3-year-old girl in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department said Olivia Ann Jansen was last seen early this Friday at her residence in the 4400 block of Gibbs Road, just off of Interstate 635 and north of Interstate 35, in Kansas City, Kansas. Police said she was last seen wearing pink pajamas.
Police said at 6:30 a.m., Jansen’s father woke up and discovered that she was not in the residence and the back door of the location was standing open. Police said due to her age and location they believe she was taken from the location.
According to the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, they received a call at about 8:30 a.m., and the girl’s father came into police headquarters, made a police report about her being missing.
He told investigators he saw her Thursday at about 11 p.m., when he went to sleep, and when he woke up at 5:30 a.m., he noticed she was gone, and the front door was open. That detail conflicts with the KBI’s report that a back door was open. The Salina Scoop is currently seeking clarification on these conflicting details.
Police say they are looking at all possibilities, but also indicate there is no known suspect or suspect vehicle at this time.