Two arrested in case of missing Kansas girl after body found

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The father of a missing 3-year-old Kansas girl was arrested late Friday after police said they believe they found her body.

Howard Jansen III, 29, of Kansas City, Kansas, has not been formally charged in the death of Olivia Ann Jansen. Jansen was booked into the Wyandotte County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse, The Kansas City Star reported.

Saturday morning, a second person was booked into the jail under the same case number as Jansen. Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, 33, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.

The body was found about 5:45 p.m. Friday about nine blocks from her home, from which her father had reported her missing.

The child’s father told investigators he saw her around 11 p.m. Thursday when he went to sleep, Officer Dustin Dierenfeldt said. He said he awoke Friday morning to find her gone and a door opened to the outside.

Investigators had searched the area around the child’s home all day Friday with all-terrain vehicles, drones, and K-9 teams.