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A CARETAKER is facing a charge of murder in the disappearance of a missing four-year-old girl not seen in days.

Ivon Adams, 36, was arrested on one count of child neglect in the case of Athena Brownfield, on Thursday.

Oklahoma officials began looking for missing four-year-old Athena Brownfield on Tuesday after a postal worker found her sister 'she wasn't supposed to be'

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Oklahoma officials began looking for missing four-year-old Athena Brownfield on Tuesday after a postal worker found her sister ‘she wasn’t supposed to be’Credit: Twitter/OSBI
On Thursday, police announced the arrest of Alysia Adams, who was said to be a caretaker for Athena and her sister

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On Thursday, police announced the arrest of Alysia Adams, who was said to be a caretaker for Athena and her sisterCredit: KOCO
Her husband Ivon was taken in on Friday in Arizona and is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma

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Her husband Ivon was taken in on Friday in Arizona and is awaiting extradition to OklahomaCredit: KOCO

His wife, Alysia, was arrested on two counts of child neglect the same day.

On Friday, however, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation ramped up the allegations against Ivon, confirming he also faces one charge of first-degree murder – but gave no further details.

Cops were alerted to Athena’s disappearance on Tuesday after a mail carrier noticed her five-year-old sister abandoned near their home in Cyril, Oklahoma, at around 2pm.

Officials launched a desperate search for the girl that evening but are yet to reveal any more details.

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“We’re still working on putting together the exact timeline,” OSBI spokesperson Brook Arbeitman said, according to KOCO.

“All of our law enforcement partners have joined us, and we’ve been looking for her nonstop since the original call came into the police department.”

SHOCK ARRESTS

On Friday, officials said Ivon was taken into custody far away in Arizona and was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on a $1million cash bond.

According to court documents, the suspect “was arrested due to an outstanding felony warrant issued out of Oklahoma for murder in the first degree and child neglect.”

Records also show he was arrested on “pending homicide charges.”

Ivon is currently awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma.

DESPERATE SEARCH

While the exact events that led to the postal carrier’s call regarding Athena’s sister remain unclear, a spokesperson with OSBI said he determined Athena’s sister “was not where she was supposed to be” when he found her.

Law enforcement officials have been searching ever since Tuesday evening, and have even deployed infrared helicopters and conducted grid searches with the help of volunteers.

They’ve implemented four-wheelers and boats to search for the missing girl, but unfortunately, nothing has been found.

“Our ERT Team, which is a team specialty trained to go on foot in search of people and things, are out in coordination with civilians who have come and wanted to volunteer their time and effort,” said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Foster.

Arbeitman said officials are locating evidence surrounding the town, but did not give any details on what they’ve found.

“We are finding things around town that could be helpful in this case,” she said on Wednesday.

“We are finding things that we hope might give us clues on where she is.”

Police called off the ground search with volunteers on Wednesday and began to bring in Oklahoma Department of Corrections dogs to help find the girl.

Town officials postponed all trash pickup until further notice at the request of OSBI.

NO AMBER ALERT

Foster explained that the circumstances surrounding Athena’s disappearance did not warrant an Amber Alert.

“The Amber Alert has specific guidelines that we have to adhere to push out the Amber Alert specifically,” Foster said.

“The Amber Alert goes out nationwide.

Once we push that button, it goes all the way to Washington, DC, and goes out like that.

So, there’s specific things and guidelines that we have to follow. Not every part of that guideline came into play in this, so that wasn’t done.”

However, a missing and endangered person alert went out to people in a 15-mile radius of the small town.

“That’s why you didn’t get it statewide – those emergency alerts statewide,” Foster said.

“It went locally, and that was really the important timeframe that we needed to get that out.”

FIND HER

Officials are now seeking any information that could help lead to Athena.

They’ve set up a command center at Family Life Church in Cyril.

Police implored anyone with a doorbell camera or surveillance footage to bring video to officials so they can inspect it.

Locals are also asked to search their homes.

Arbeitman said that spreading rumors on social media can negatively affect the investigation, and warned online sleuths against counterproductive chatter.

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Anyone with information about Athena’s location is asked to contact the OSBI tip line at 800-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov.

Police have yet to find the girl and called off the volunteer ground search on Wednesday, but said they're still looking for her

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Police have yet to find the girl and called off the volunteer ground search on Wednesday, but said they’re still looking for herCredit: AP
Oklahoma officials notified the community about Athena's disappearance

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Oklahoma officials notified the community about Athena’s disappearanceCredit: AP
Anyone with information about Athena's location is asked to contact the OSBI tip line at 800-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov

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Anyone with information about Athena’s location is asked to contact the OSBI tip line at 800-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.govCredit: KOCO



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