Police: “We suspect it to be the body of 3-year-old Evan Brewer”

Evan Brewer (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police released new information today into the investigation of a body found Saturday. It happened in the 2000 block of South Vine.

Police removed the concrete structure from the house and found the remains of a child.

“This time, we suspect it to be the body of 3-year-old Evan Brewer,” said Lt. Jeff Gilmore, Wichita Police Department. “We will not be able to have final confirmation on this until we get DNA results back and probably have them in the next two weeks.”

During the conference, KSN learned that in April, an allegation of abuse was reported to the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Police said DCF is the primary investigating agency until a protection from abuse order is served. On July 6, a protection from abuse order was issued to Carlo Brewer on behalf of his son, Evan. That’s the day that court documents detail that sole custody was awarded to Carlo Brewer.

“The WPD and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office repeatedly tried to service the protection from abuse order to the mother and through using surveillance and speaking to neighbors, contacting the residence, we are unable to locate the mother or child,” said Gilmore.

KSN asked about the investigation in Evan Brewer’s whereabouts and his safety in recent months.

KSN received many court documents in this case, including some court documents that came from the attorney for Evan Brewer’s father, Carlo.

Court documents show that on March 17, Carlo Brewer filed a police report, saying he was not allowed to see his son for a scheduled visit. Another court document on April 18 is from Miranda Miller, Evan’s mother. Miller filed a petition for protection from stalking by Carlo Brewer. In it Miller stated, “Carlo is just showing up with other people I don’t know at all hours beating on my door & windows demanding to see his son and trying to start a fight with my boyfriend.”

The attorney for Brewer says that order was later thrown out.

Family and friends have started a memorial for 3-year-old Evan Brewer. (KSN Photo)

May 4 of this year, court documents show Carlo Brewer filed for protection from stalking against Stephen Bodine, Miller’s boyfriend.

In that document Carlo Brewer told the courts, “Bodine has threatened me via text message, saying that he will injure me and my father… This was on March 17, 2017… Stephen Bodine has been interfering with custody of my son.'”

Carlo Brewer also filed a protection from abuse against Miranda Miller on May 18. Then, on July 6, a final order or protection from abuse was issued against Stephen Bodine.

That order gave sole legal custody of Evan Miller to Carlo Brewer. Brewer has since maintained he could not locate his son.

KSN asked DCF when it got involved. DCF responded it can not legally comment on the Evan Brewer case, since the remains found in Wichita Saturday have not been definitively identified and the investigation remains ongoing.

On August 30, the mother, Miranda Miller, was located and was arrested for aggravated interference with parental custody. She has since been formally charged in that case. Stephen Bodine was also arrested aggravated assault and was initially being held on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody. On September 5, Bodine was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property from an August 11 case. Neither have been charged in relation to the remains found at the home where they were living.

On September 2, the property owner, who had evicted Miranda and Stephen, was cleaning out his property and located the concrete structure. Police responded and found the remains of the child inside.

KSN asked Wichita police if they ever considered issuing an Amber Alert in the case of Evan Miller, since the father, Carlo Brewer, had stated the child was missing.

A Wichita police spokesperson told KSN, “No Amber Alert because the son (Evan) was in the custody of his biological mother and the circumstances did not meet an amber alert to be issued.”

Police are still investigating. If you know anything, you are asked to call the homicide section at 268-4181.

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