BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Alabama say they've found the body of a 3-year-old girl who has been missing more than a week, and they're charging two people with murder.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told a news conference Tuesday night that the remains of Kamille McKinney were located in a trash bin taken to a landfill. He says police had been watching garbage deposits.
Smith says police are obtaining murder warrants against two people previously identified as persons of interest in the case, 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth and his 29-year-old girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown.
Lawyers for both have said they're innocent.
The child vanished while outside a birthday party on Oct. 12. Relatives called her "Cupcake."
Smith says investigators know of no link between the suspects and the girl or her family.
"Tonight, we're a city in mourning," says Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Twitter. "Kamille Mckinney is gone. Ripped away from her family. The pain her family is enduring right now is unimaginable. Know that whomever perpetrated this crime will be brought to justice and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Woodfin is asking the community not to take sides or point fingers.
"I ask every member of the 99 neighborhoods that makes up our city to stand in solidarity beside this broken family. Now, more than ever, this family needs us."
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey tweeted the following the statement:
"Given the tragic news that is breaking this evening, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Kamille’s family and profound thanks to law enforcement and all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly in search of this precious little girl. The heart of our state is broken, but our resolve must be to do everything we can to avoid this tragedy from happening to another family. Our prayers are with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare."