Father, 29, and girlfriend, 33, are arrested after his three-year-old daughter’s remains are found in a wooded area because police have been told ‘different stories’ about her disappearance and ‘none of them made sense’
- Howard Jansen, 29, and Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, 33, were arrested after Kansas City police found the remains of a child searching for his daughter.
- Olivia, 3, was reported missing on Friday, police said claiming they had received several reports of what happened to her, which didn’t make sense
- Police said they found the remains in a wooded area off Steele Road and a coroner will determine if she is Olivia and how she died
- Meanwhile, the father and girlfriend were charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child threats and criminal desecration
Kansas City police arrested a father and his girlfriend after finding the remains of a child, believed to be his young daughter, in a wooded area hours after he reported her missing.
Howard Jansen, 29, father of three-year-old Olivia Jansen, and his girlfriend Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, 33, have been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child threats and criminal desecration.
The father said his daughter went missing at his home on Gibbs Street on Friday at 8:30 am, triggering an Amber Alert and a massive search by multiple law enforcement agencies using drones and K9 units, police said.
Police officers searching for Olivia said they found the remains half a mile away near a woodland walkway in the 3400 block of Steele Road at around 5:30 pm Friday, KCTV reported.
Officials say the father gave police reports during the day about what happened to her that didn’t make sense.
Kansas City police arrested a father and his girlfriend after finding the remains of a child believed to be 3-year-old Olivia Jansen (photo)
Olivia’s father Howard Jansen (left), 29, and his girlfriend Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick (right), 33, are charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child threats, and criminal abduction after police said they reported the remains of a child at about 5:30 p.m. found a wooded area. Friday
When asked whether the police suspected that the father’s report about the missing child was not true, a police spokesperson said to KCTV, “Yes, very much.”
Officer TJ Tomasic said, “We’ve had different stories throughout the day. None of them made much sense. ‘
A coroner will confirm the identity of the child’s remains and how it died, the spokesman said. The FBI will also assist in the investigation.
Jansen was booked on Friday night, according to prison data, and his girlfriend was arrested on Sunday when the couple were formally charged.
Both receive life sentences if convicted, with possible parole after 25 years.
Family members told KCTV they did not understand why the father had personally gone to the police station to report that the child was missing.
They also said Jansen and Kirkpatrick’s most recent address was from Ottawa Street, so it was not true that the father reported that Olivia went missing in his previous home on Gibbs Road.
A search and Amber Alert were canceled after the discovery of the child’s body near a walkway in a wooded area of Steele Road 3400 block (photo)
The above map shows about half a mile between Gibbs Road, where Jansen said he lived with his girlfriend and daughter when the child went missing and Steele Road where a child’s remains were found during a search
Jansen was booked Friday night, according to prison data, and his girlfriend was arrested Sunday. Both are depicted in an image on Facebook
Family members said they did not understand why Jansen had personally gone to the police station to report that Olivia was missing. The child is depicted in a picture with her father and his girlfriend posted on Facebook
The family members said they were concerned about the child prior to her disappearance and that they should not see her.
“She’s just special. She is just a beautiful little girl. Sweet, lively. She’s my sunshine, ”Olivia’s step-grandmother Elisabeth Jansen had told KCTV.
Police alerted the community as soon as the body was discovered, saying they were ‘deeply saddened’ to make the announcement.
“This is not the result we wanted, it is even the worst result,” police said in a statement on Facebook.
Police alerted the community as soon as the body was discovered and said they were ‘deeply saddened’ because they had to make the announcement