A Washington state couple have been arrested amid a search for their missing five-year-old daughter, who had not been seen alive in 10 months, after the girl’s sister reportedly said during a recent slumber party that her sibling was ‘no more’ and ‘had been eaten by wolves.’
Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson, of Oakville, near Olympia, were arrested last week, on the same day their daughter Oakley Carlson was reported missing.
But investigators have said that the five-year-old has not been seen or heard from since February 10.
Bowers and Carlson so far have not been charged in connection with Oakley’s disappearance. Instead, they were booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail last Monday on charges of abandonment of a dependent person, stemming from their alleged mistreatment of their other daughter.
Jordan Bowers (left) and Andrew Carlson (right), the parents of missing five-year-old Washington state girl Oakley Carlson, who has not been seen since February, have been arrested on unrelated charges of abandonment
Oakley was reported missing on December 6, but he has not been seen by anyone since February 10. Her sister told a school principal that ‘Oakley is no more’
According to the local sheriff’s office, the parents have been withholding prescription medication from their six-year-old daughter, who is blind, for the past 15 months.
‘The medication is necessary for her physical wellbeing and puts her at risk for physical impairment and could eventually result in death,’ Undersheriff Brad Johansson stated.
According to court documents cited by Q13FOX, it was Oakley’s six-year-old sister who revealed during a recent sleepover at the home of her school principal, whose daughter she is friends with, that the missing girl was ‘no more.’
The sister was quoted as telling the other people at the slumber party that ‘there is no Oakley.’
After hearing the child’s chilling words, the school principal contacted the authorities and requested a welfare check. The principal said she has not seen Oakley in a long time and has not been able to get an answer about her whereabouts from the girl’s parents.
Oakley’s sister allegedly told a child advocate that her mother Jordan (left) had told her that the five-year-old (right) ‘had gone out into the woods and had been eaten by wolves’
Sheriff’s deputies went to the family’s home in Oakville, Washington, a week ago, after the principal became alarmed and asked to perform a welfare check on Oakley
She said the parents had a different excuse to explain Oakley’s absence every time she visited the family over the last month.
When interviewed by sheriff’s investigators a week ago, Bowers was described as being ‘angry,’ ‘yelling’ and ‘clenching her fists.’ She and Carlson claimed to have last seen their daughter alive on November 30, but they could not say where the child was now.
During a forensic interview with a child advocate, the couple’s six-year-old daughter allegedly said that ‘her mother Jordan had told her not to talk about Oakley’ and that ‘she had gone out into the woods and had been eaten by wolves.’
Oakley’s grandparents said the last time they saw the child was in December 2020. The girl’s grandmother was quoted as telling investigators that during her last encounter with her a year ago, ‘Oakley did not look well. Oakley had dark circles under her eyes, pale skin, and he had scratches o sores on her face….’
Officers spent a week scouring the family’s home and property, but ended the search on Monday after failing to find Oakley, or her remains
Concerned for her well-being, the grandparents contacted child protective services, which allegedly angered Oakley’s parents.
Court documents state that Oakley’s nine-year-old brother told the child advocate that their mother ‘would put Oakley in the closet, possibly under a stairwell…’
The boy also reported seeing the mother allegedly ‘beat Oakley with a belt and [he] has been worried about her starving,’ according to the documents.
Sheriff’s deputies had spent the past week scouring the family’s home and surrounding property for clues. On Monday, Undersheriff Johansson announced that the search for Oakley has been called off, but the investigation continues.
Johansson previously said that the likelihood of Oakley being found alive is ‘not very good at this point,’ given her age and how long she has been missing.
Bowers and Carlson remained in the county jail on $150,000 bond each on Wednesday. They are due back in court on December 30.