MILWAUKEE — The 2-year-old Wisconsin girl who has been the focus of a nationwide search since Monday has been found dead in Minnesota, according to a Milwaukee television station.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m. EST, 3/16: Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said in a Saturday news conference that 2-year-old Noelani Robinson was found dead on the side of a Minnesota highway.
Morales said that around 7 p.m. Friday, a Minnesota man was driving home when he saw something "out of the norm" on the side of the road and called police, WITI-TV reported.
“Off of Highway 218, 15 miles north of Austin, Minnesota ... and just off the shoulder was a blanket. Inside that blanket and wrapped in there was the body of a child we believe is that of Noelani,” Morales said.
The child's body appeared to have been there for "quite some time" Morales said, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. He said police will know more once an autopsy is performed.
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Original report: WISN, citing confirmation from two family members and a family spokesman, reported early Saturday that Noelani Robison had died.
Police have not confirmed the statements made by the family members.
The child’s father, who is accused of killing her mother and abducting her, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a Milwaukee motel.
"The suspect is a cold-blooded killer,"Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales told WISN.
On Monday, Higgins allegedly shot Sierra Robinson, 24, and another woman outside a Milwaukee apartment building. Robinson died at the scene, while the other woman was treated at a nearby hospital, WTMJ reported.
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