Oakville, Washington: The Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 5-year-old Oakley Carlson as their search and rescue teams conduct a search of a residence and the 300 acres on which the home sits.
Investigators announced on Tuesday, December 7 that they became aware that Oakley was missing after a "concerned citizen" contacted them seeking a welfare check on the child.
Detectives consider the circumstances surrounding Oakley's disappearance to be "suspicious" and are asking that anyone that has seen her within the last year contact the Sheriff's Office as they have not yet established a date on which she went missing.
Officers are also asking that anyone that knows her whereabouts call 911.
Those with information that may be relevant to the case may contact the sheriff's office on the non-emergency line at (360) 533-8765 and ask to speak with a deputy, or call Detective Sgt. Paul Logan at (360) 964-1729 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakley's biological parents, 36-year-old Andrew William Carlson and 32-year-old Jordan Leigh Bowers, described as being uncooperative, have both been arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on suspicion of manslaughter.
They remain in custody in lieu of $150,000 bonds, and the judge set Friday, December 10 as a deadline for investigators to produce evidence for actual charges to be filed against them. The judge felt the bond amount was appropriate due to the severity of the allegations.
"Based on the unusual circumstances of the missing child, not knowing her whereabouts and no one has seen her in several days and no one knows her condition, we felt that is in the best interest of the case," Undersheriff Brad Johansson explained.
When contacted, Johansson explained that the parents did not know where Oakley was and could not provide a reasonable explanation.
"You can't see a little girl like Oakley and not be emotionally involved in the case," KOMO quoted Johansson as saying. "We're really concerned for her safety and her well-bring and we just don't know what that is at this point. We are definitely hoping and praying for the best outcome, but realistically we're ready and fearing the worst as well."
Deputies have stated that the couple is known to them as Bowers reportedly has a criminal background which involves conviction on five felonies including drugs and theft.
Carlson is reportedly a former Aberdeen Police Officer and was decommissioned in 2017 for false and misleading statements.
Oakley had spent the first nearly three years of her life in foster care before the courts determined that she should be returned to her biological parents in 2019.
Her foster parents, Jamie Jo and Erik Hiles spoke with KCPQ regarding their concerns for Oakley's safety.
Jamie Jo told them that she had called the Department of Children Youth and Families on several occasions expressing concern, including one time after she became aware of a GoFundMe account that had been established for Carlson and Bowers to assist with damages to the home sustained in a fire.
That fire, investigators said, wasn't reported by the parents because they allegedly could not find their cell phones.
"It's unusual that a fire department wasn't called, I would say," Johansson said.
"If no one has seen her, what could have happened to her?" Jamie Jo asked. "Was it the fire? Was it something else?"
Erik expressed concern as well saying, "I knew the father in high school and the person he is now is not the person he was at all in high school."