DNA confirms identity of 3-year-old Wichita boy found encased in concrete

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Stephen Bodine appears in court on September 5, 2017, and is charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. Stephen Bodine appears in court on September 5, 2017, and is charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.

Wichita police say DNA results confirmed the remains found inside a concrete structure at a rental home earlier this month are those of 3-year-old Evan Brewer, grandson of former mayor Carl Brewer.

Officers were called at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 2, to a home in the 2000 block of South Vine. Officer Charley Davidson said in a news release that a property owner cleaning out a rental property alerted police to an odor emitting from a concrete structure in the house. 

Officers removed the structure from the house and later found the boy's remains inside. Officer Charley Davidson on Monday said the DNA results confirmed Brewer's identity.

"Child deaths are always difficult cases," Lt. Jeff Gilmore said in a news conference last Tuesday. "The circumstances surrounding this particular case have been difficult for the family, the first responders and the community."

Lt. Gilmore provided the following timeline in the case:

  • March of 2017: Carlo Brewer, Evan's father, contacted DCF and Wichita police over his son's welfare. Evan was in the custody of his biological mother, 36-year-old Miranda Miller at a home on South Vine.
  • April: Allegation of abuse regarding Evan was reported to DCF, which investigated.
  • July 6: A protection from abuse was issued by the court to Carlo Brewer on behalf of his son. Wichita police continued to work with Carlo on locating his son.

"The Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office repeatedly attempted formal service of the protection from order to the mother... Officers were unable to locate the mother or the child."

  • Information received was that Miller had left the state with the child, and police did not have a specific location.
  • Late August: Wichita police continued to investigate, learned Miller was aware of the PFA and that she was eluding being served the order.
  • August 30: Miranda Miller located, without Evan, in Wichita and was arrested for aggravated interference with child custody.
  • Stephen Bodine, 30, was living at the home on South Vine and arrested in connection to an aggravated assault case. He was also booked for aggravated interference with child custody.
  • September 2: Police were called to the home on South Vine, where the boy's remains were found. Miller and Bodine had been evicted from the home and the property owner called police after noticing an odor emitting from a concrete structure. 

"We understand the interest in this case and the questions surrounding it," Gilmore said. "However, this involves the death of a 3-year-old child. We do not want to do anything that could compromise or hinder this investigation."

Carl Brewer released the following statement: 

"We are devastated by the death of our sweet and loving grandson, Evan. We can not begin to make sense of this tragedy but are thankful the suspects are in custody. We request prayers and privacy for our family during this difficult time and while the police continue their investigation."

Miller and Bodine have not been booked or charged in connection to the death. 

Bodine was charged Tuesday afternoon with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. He's accused of threatening Carlo Brewer with a hatchet and flattening a car tire on the night of August 11.

The charge of interfering with parental custody was later release without prejudice. His bond remained at $25,000 on the assault charge, and he's due back in court on September 19.

Miller appeared in court last week on the custody charge and remained in jail Tuesday on $25,000 bond.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Bodine has a 2004 conviction of aggravated battery. 

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