Oakley Carlson recently turned 5 years old, and lives with her parents, Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson, in Oakville, Washington.
Oakley was discovered to be missing on the 6th of December 2021, after a worried neighbour asked police to do a welfare check on her.
Police said that her parents did not know where Oakley was, and they could not provide any reasonable explanation as to where the child was. Initially, both parents were arrested for obstructing an officer, but they have now been arrested for an investigation of manslaughter.
Both parents will remain in custody until Friday, 10th December when a decision will have been made whether or not to charge them with manslaughter in connection with Oakley’s disappearance.
Neighbours say that they hadn’t seen Oakley in a few days, and one neighbour said that they had noticed that the school bus had stopped coming round.
Oakley’s parents say that the last time they saw Oakley alive was on the 30th of November, 2021, but authorities say that Oakley has not been seen alive since the 27th of January 2021.
Oakley’s parents argued frequently, and 911 has been called on them by neighbours a few times.
Oakley was placed into foster care from when she was 7 months old, to just before her third (3rd) birthday. The courts allowed Oakley to be given back to the care of her biological parents in 2019.
Jamie Jo Hiles, Oakley’s foster parent, spoke to Fox 13 Seattle: “We told them (Washington’s Department of Children, Youth and Families DCYF) several times that this wasn’t a safe decision. We begged them. …. I am so disappointed. What a failure of the state of Washington.”
Jordan and Andrew’s home was also the scene of a fire in November of 2021. A friend of the couple set up a GoFundMe account for them and said that the reason they didn’t call 911 at the time of the fire is that they couldn’t find their phones.
At this time, police are actively searching for Oakley and are asking anyone who has seen Oakley Carlson in the past year, or have information on her welfare, to contact the sheriff’s office at (360) 533-8765 and ask to speak to a deputy. Alternatively, you can call Detective Sgt. Paul Logan at (360) 964-1729 or email: email@example.com.
Update: As of the 13th of December, 2021, Oakley’s parents are now facing charges of abandonment and are being held in Grays Harbour County Correctional Facility on a bail of $150,000.
According to court documents, one of Oakley’s siblings told their school principal that “Oakley is no more”, and that “there is no Oakley” when they were asked about Oakley last weekend.
Just minutes ago police concluded a search for Oakley, having combed through around 312 acres of one Oakville home. Sheriff Brad Johansson has said that investigators are still working hard on this case.
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