DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. -- In a release from the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, Senath Police Chief Omar Karnes, and Dunklin County Prosecuting Attoreny Stephen P. Sokoloff have confirmed that law enforcement officers working the investigation of the disappearance of 3-year-old BreeAnn Rodriguez have located what are believed to be the child's remains near the floodway ditches northeast of Hornersville, Mo., approximately eight miles southeast of her home in Senath, Mo.
According to the officials, her remains were located by an officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol, who was searching by boat.
Shortly after the discovery, authorities notified the child's parents, Edgar Rodriguez and Claudia Ramos, that her body was found.
"We appreciate all the help and support from the community in what has been a difficult time for all," Holder said. "We are saddened to confirm our fears, but glad we have been able to recover her for her parents."
Rodriguez and her bicycle disappeared near her home on Ode Johnson Street just over a week ago.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, authorities announced Shawn Morgan, 43, of Ode Johnson Street in Senath, had been arrested in connection to the disappearance and death of the child.
On Monday, Aug. 15, a probable cause of death affidavit was released relating to the young child's death.
According to the affidavit, on Friday, Aug. 12, authorities conducted an interview with Shawn Morgan, 43, of Senath, who stated on the day the child went missing, he discovered her standing on the ladder at the pool in his backyard. Morgan said he went to the girl, grabbed her, and carried her inside his house, where he used a white plastic trash bag to suffocate her, by holding it over her face and mouth.
Morgan has been charged with the felony counts of First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He made his first court appearance earlier today (Tuesday).
During his arraignment, Judge John Spielman read the charges against Morgan, and inquired about counsel. Morgan said he had not yet acquired an attorney.
A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, to allow Morgan time to acquire an attorney.
Morgan is currently being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center with no bond.