CYRIL, Okla. (AP) - Two people have now been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Athena Brownfield, a 4-year-old Oklahoma girl whose 5-year-old sister was discovered wandering alone outside by a postal worker, state investigators said Friday.

Arizona authorities arrested 36-year-old Ivon Adams on Thursday, and he is being held in the Maricopa County jail in Phoenix pending extradition to Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

Authorities earlier arrested Alysia Adams, 31, on two counts of child neglect, the bureau said in a statement late Thursday. Alysia Adams remained jailed in Oklahoma’s Caddo County on Friday.

The bureau released no further details about the arrests or what the suspects’ relationship is. It was not known if either Adams had an attorney to comment on their behalf.

A bureau spokesperson did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Friday.

The arrests are related to the search for Athena, who was reported missing Tuesday in Cyril, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City, the bureau said.

The postal carrier found Athena’s sister wandering alone outside Adams’ home Tuesday afternoon and alerted Cyril police. Authorities then determined that Athena was missing.

The girls had been in the care of Adams and her husband, and Athena’s sister was taken into protective custody, the bureau said Wednesday.

Authorities said they believe Athena was wearing a hoodie with a butterfly design when she disappeared.

The bureau said it was working with other law enforcement agencies and volunteers in the search, which included a helicopter, boats, all-terrain vehicles, a specially trained ground team, and a review of surveillance video from around Cyril.

The city of Cyril has also suspended trash service as investigators search for clues.

The bureau said agents were following up on tips coming from Oklahoma and other states.


Previous updates by AP and KAKE News:

Oklahoma authorities searching for a missing 4-year-old girl say they have arrested a caretaker of the child for investigation of child neglect.

Alysia Adams, 31, was arrested at the Grady County Sheriff’s Office and booked into jail in Caddo County on two counts of child neglect, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement late Thursday.

The bureau said the arrest is related to the ongoing search for Athena Brownfield, who was first reported missing on Tuesday from her home in Cyril, about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Oklahoma City.

A postal carrier found Athena’s 5-year-old sister wandering alone outside Adams’ home on Monday afternoon and alerted Cyril police. Authorities later determined Athena was missing. The girls were in the care of Adams and her husband, and Athena’s sister was taken into protective custody, the bureau said Wednesday.

The bureau released no additional information about Adams’ arrest, and it was not immediately known if she had an attorney who could comment for her.

Authorities said they believe Athena was wearing a hoodie with a butterfly design when she went missing.

The bureau said it was working with other law enforcement agencies and volunteers in the search, which included using a helicopter and a specially trained ground team as well as reviewing surveillance video from around Cyril. It said agents were following up on tips coming from Oklahoma and other states.


Authorities in Oklahoma are searching for a 4-year-old girl who was reported missing Tuesday after a postal worker found the girl's 5-year-old sister wandering alone. 

The state Bureau of Investigation said a postal worker found Athena Brownfield's sister near her home in Cyril on Tuesday and told police. It was discovered soon after that Athena was missing. She has blonde hair and was last seen wearing a butterfly hoodie.

The OSBI, FBI and hundreds of volunteers searched for clues Wednesday, KOCO reports. Search teams went through the entire town looking for Athena, using drones, boats, infrared helicopters and dogs. 

"We are finding things that we hope might give us clues on where she is. We're still actively looking for her," said Brook Arbeitman with the OSBI, adding that the agency is in contact with the parents. 

According to KWTV, Athena's grandmother said the girls have recently been staying with another relative. 

When asked about where the parents are, Arbeitman said, "That's part of the ongoing investigation."

Investigators continue to interview resident and look at surveillance video for clues that'll lead them to Athena's location. Her 5-year-old sister was placed in protective custody.

Cyril has canceled all trash pickup until further notice. The town has a population of under 1,000, according to 2020 census data, and is located southwest of Oklahoma City.