Search for Athena Brownfield now considered recovery operation: What we know – KOCO Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said law enforcement is officially searching for the remains of a missing 4-year-old Cyril girl and the search is considered a recovery operation.Below is what we know.The VictimAthena Brownfield, 4, was reported missing the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 10, after a main carrier found her 5-year-old sister outside their home in Cyril.| MORE | Community comes together for vigil for missing girl in CyrilAfter almost a week of searching, the OSBI said the efforts have transitioned to a recovery operation. They are now searching for Athena’s remains. Arrests MadeAuthorities say Ivon Adams, who is suspected in Athena’s disappearance, was arrested on counts of first-degree murder and child neglect as law enforcement investigates the 4-year-old Cyril girl’s disappearance.| MORE | Court documents: Man in custody amid Cyril girl search arrested on ‘pending homicide charges’Authorities announced Friday that Adams was arrested Thursday in Arizona and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. He is being held on a $1 million cash bond and awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.Court documents show that “the subject was arrested due to an outstanding felony warrant issued out of Oklahoma for murder in the first degree and child neglect.” The documents also say Adams was arrested on “pending homicide charges.” | MORE | Second caretaker arrested in Arizona as search continues for missing 4-year-old Cyril girlOn Thursday, the OSBI announced that they arrested 32-year-old Alysia Adams on two counts of child neglect. Authorities said Athena and her 5-year-old sister were in the care of Alysia and Ivon Adams. When asked if the Department of Human Services was involved in the case in any way, authorities said “no comment.” Who Are Alysia and Ivon AdamsThe two suspects arrested in connection with Athena’s disappearance are related to the 4-year-old girl and her 5-year-old sister, but OSBI officials did not say how they are related.Ivon and Alysia Adams have been looking after the two girls for at least a year.Where Are Athena’s Parents?Although information about the 4-year-old girl’s parents has not been released, OSBI officials said Athena’s biological parents have been interviewed by agents and are cooperating with the investigation.Authorities also have not said why Athena and her 5-year-old sister were not in their parents’ care.Timeline of EventsThe investigation into Athena’s disappearance started around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, after a mail carrier found an unattended 5-year-old girl – whom OSBI says is Athena’s sister – near their home in the 200 block of West Nebraska Avenue in Cyril.Oklahoma law enforcement and the FBI have conducted searches and an investigation into the disappearance since then.| MORE | Timeline of search for missing 4-year-old Cyril girlBrook Arbeitman, with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said law enforcement is working to put together an exact timeline of when Athena was last seen.Around 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, law enforcement arrested one of Athena’s caretakers, Alysia Adams, on two counts of child neglect. The next day, authorities announced that her husband, Ivon Adams, had been arrested in Arizona.Court documents later revealed that Ivon Adams was taken into custody due to an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder and child neglect. The SearchAuthorities say the search has been underway since learning that Athena was missing Tuesday afternoon.Law enforcement has deployed infrared helicopters and conducted grid searches on foot with the help of volunteers and using four-wheelers. They also have utilized boats on small ponds.| MORE | Volunteers go to Cyril to help in search for missing 4-year-old girl”Our ERT Team, which is a team specialty trained to go on foot in search of people and things, are out in coordination with civilians who have come and wanted to volunteer their time and effort,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Foster said.Arbeitman said they are collecting items that could be relevant, but she said she’s not calling them evidence as of Wednesday afternoon. “We are finding things around town that could be helpful in this case,” Arbeitman said. “We are finding things that we hope might give us clues on where she is. We’re still actively looking for her.”Arbeitman said the ground grid search with volunteers was called off Wednesday afternoon, but authorities brought in Oklahoma Department of Corrections dogs to search for Athena.| MORE | Good Samaritans raising money amid search efforts for missing 4-year-old Cyril girlOn Thursday, Cyril town officials posted on social media that, per the OSBI, all trash pickup will be postponed until further notice. Over the weekend, authorities said they were searching nearby lakes and bodies of water for Brownfield. On Monday, Jan. 16, the OSBI said the search is now a recovery operation and they are looking for Athena’s remains.Why an Amber Alert Was Not IssuedFoster said an Amber Alert was not issued because the circumstances surrounding Athena’s disappearance do not meet the specific guidelines required.| MORE | Oklahoma Highway Patrol explains why Amber Alert wasn’t issued for missing Cyril girl”The Amber Alert has specific guidelines that we have to adhere to push out the Amber Alert specifically,” Foster said. “The Amber Alert goes out nationwide. Once we push that button, it goes all the way to Washington, D.C., and goes out like that. So, there’s specific things and guidelines that we have to follow. Not every part of that guideline came into play in this, so that wasn’t done.”A missing and endangered person alert went out Tuesday to people in a 15-mile radius of Cyril.”That’s why you didn’t get it statewide – those emergency alerts statewide,” Foster said. “It went locally, and that was really the important timeframe that we needed to get that out.”Foster added that information also was put on social media so people and the media could get the information out to more people.”It was done in a very efficient way by guidelines,” Foster said. and there are reasons for those guidelines that the Department of Justice puts out those guidelines to help us kind of put that together.” How to HelpAnyone with information about Athena’s location is asked to contact the OSBI tip line at 800-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov.As of Monday, Jan. 16, OSBI has asked the public to not self-deploy to search for Athena’s remains. OSBI officials said people who search could be trespassing or worse, interfering with the investigation by contaminating potential evidence.| MORE | Good Samaritans raising money amid search efforts for missing 4-year-old Cyril girl Good Samaritans have set up ways to raise money to help Athena and her 5-year-old sister.First, a bank account has been set up for people to donate money. Click here to donate. Anyone can donate at any First National Bank and Trust of Chickasha location.Also, T-shirts will be available to buy on Facebook. Click here to get a shirt. Where is Cyril, Oklahoma?Cyril is a town located in Caddo County and is a little more than an hour’s drive southwest of Oklahoma City. This is a developing story. Stay with KOCO 5 as more about the search unravels.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said law enforcement is officially searching for the remains of a missing 4-year-old Cyril girl and the search is considered a recovery operation.

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Below is what we know.

The Victim

Athena Brownfield, 4, was reported missing the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 10, after a main carrier found her 5-year-old sister outside their home in Cyril.

| MORE | Community comes together for vigil for missing girl in Cyril

After almost a week of searching, the OSBI said the efforts have transitioned to a recovery operation. They are now searching for Athena’s remains.

Arrests Made

Authorities say Ivon Adams, who is suspected in Athena’s disappearance, was arrested on counts of first-degree murder and child neglect as law enforcement investigates the 4-year-old Cyril girl’s disappearance.

| MORE | Court documents: Man in custody amid Cyril girl search arrested on ‘pending homicide charges’

Authorities announced Friday that Adams was arrested Thursday in Arizona and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. He is being held on a $1 million cash bond and awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.

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Court documents show that “the subject was arrested due to an outstanding felony warrant issued out of Oklahoma for murder in the first degree and child neglect.” The documents also say Adams was arrested on “pending homicide charges.”

| MORE | Second caretaker arrested in Arizona as search continues for missing 4-year-old Cyril girl

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On Thursday, the OSBI announced that they arrested 32-year-old Alysia Adams on two counts of child neglect. Authorities said Athena and her 5-year-old sister were in the care of Alysia and Ivon Adams.

When asked if the Department of Human Services was involved in the case in any way, authorities said “no comment.”

Who Are Alysia and Ivon Adams

The two suspects arrested in connection with Athena’s disappearance are related to the 4-year-old girl and her 5-year-old sister, but OSBI officials did not say how they are related.

Ivon and Alysia Adams have been looking after the two girls for at least a year.

Where Are Athena’s Parents?

Although information about the 4-year-old girl’s parents has not been released, OSBI officials said Athena’s biological parents have been interviewed by agents and are cooperating with the investigation.

Authorities also have not said why Athena and her 5-year-old sister were not in their parents’ care.

Timeline of Events

The investigation into Athena’s disappearance started around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, after a mail carrier found an unattended 5-year-old girl – whom OSBI says is Athena’s sister – near their home in the 200 block of West Nebraska Avenue in Cyril.

Oklahoma law enforcement and the FBI have conducted searches and an investigation into the disappearance since then.

| MORE | Timeline of search for missing 4-year-old Cyril girl

Brook Arbeitman, with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said law enforcement is working to put together an exact timeline of when Athena was last seen.

Around 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, law enforcement arrested one of Athena’s caretakers, Alysia Adams, on two counts of child neglect. The next day, authorities announced that her husband, Ivon Adams, had been arrested in Arizona.

Court documents later revealed that Ivon Adams was taken into custody due to an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder and child neglect.

The Search

Authorities say the search has been underway since learning that Athena was missing Tuesday afternoon.

Law enforcement has deployed infrared helicopters and conducted grid searches on foot with the help of volunteers and using four-wheelers. They also have utilized boats on small ponds.

| MORE | Volunteers go to Cyril to help in search for missing 4-year-old girl

“Our ERT Team, which is a team specialty trained to go on foot in search of people and things, are out in coordination with civilians who have come and wanted to volunteer their time and effort,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Foster said.

Arbeitman said they are collecting items that could be relevant, but she said she’s not calling them evidence as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We are finding things around town that could be helpful in this case,” Arbeitman said. “We are finding things that we hope might give us clues on where she is. We’re still actively looking for her.”

Arbeitman said the ground grid search with volunteers was called off Wednesday afternoon, but authorities brought in Oklahoma Department of Corrections dogs to search for Athena.

| MORE | Good Samaritans raising money amid search efforts for missing 4-year-old Cyril girl

On Thursday, Cyril town officials posted on social media that, per the OSBI, all trash pickup will be postponed until further notice.

Over the weekend, authorities said they were searching nearby lakes and bodies of water for Brownfield.

On Monday, Jan. 16, the OSBI said the search is now a recovery operation and they are looking for Athena’s remains.

Why an Amber Alert Was Not Issued

Foster said an Amber Alert was not issued because the circumstances surrounding Athena’s disappearance do not meet the specific guidelines required.

| MORE | Oklahoma Highway Patrol explains why Amber Alert wasn’t issued for missing Cyril girl

“The Amber Alert has specific guidelines that we have to adhere to push out the Amber Alert specifically,” Foster said. “The Amber Alert goes out nationwide. Once we push that button, it goes all the way to Washington, D.C., and goes out like that. So, there’s specific things and guidelines that we have to follow. Not every part of that guideline came into play in this, so that wasn’t done.”

A missing and endangered person alert went out Tuesday to people in a 15-mile radius of Cyril.

“That’s why you didn’t get it statewide – those emergency alerts statewide,” Foster said. “It went locally, and that was really the important timeframe that we needed to get that out.”

Foster added that information also was put on social media so people and the media could get the information out to more people.

“It was done in a very efficient way by guidelines,” Foster said. and there are reasons for those guidelines that the Department of Justice puts out those guidelines to help us kind of put that together.”

How to Help

Anyone with information about Athena’s location is asked to contact the OSBI tip line at 800-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov.

As of Monday, Jan. 16, OSBI has asked the public to not self-deploy to search for Athena’s remains. OSBI officials said people who search could be trespassing or worse, interfering with the investigation by contaminating potential evidence.

| MORE | Good Samaritans raising money amid search efforts for missing 4-year-old Cyril girl

Good Samaritans have set up ways to raise money to help Athena and her 5-year-old sister.

First, a bank account has been set up for people to donate money. Click here to donate. Anyone can donate at any First National Bank and Trust of Chickasha location.

Also, T-shirts will be available to buy on Facebook. Click here to get a shirt.

Where is Cyril, Oklahoma?

Cyril is a town located in Caddo County and is a little more than an hour’s drive southwest of Oklahoma City.

This is a developing story. Stay with KOCO 5 as more about the search unravels.

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