CLEVELAND– Police say the body of 3-year-old Emilliano Terry was found at a waste treatment plant in Oakwood Village Monday afternoon.
The information came out during a Monday evening press conference with Cleveland police and the FBI.
Authorities say statements about the missing toddler became inconsistent. A waste collection truck was spotted near the mother’s home and that’s when, authorities say, they called the waste management facility to see if they’d set aside waste from that truck.
An investigator with the Cleveland Police Department tells Fox 8 News that Terry’s 5-year-old pointed at a waste management truck, and that’s what led authorities to start searching in that direction.
Authorities say agents looked through four or five trash bags. They say the final bag had the body of the 3-year-old in it. They say the body was intact.
Police say the toddler’s mother, Camilia Terry, has been arrested. They will consult with a prosecutor on charges Tuesday morning.
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An investigator with the Cleveland Police Department also tells us Terry failed a polygraph test.
She was escorted to the FBI building in downtown Cleveland Monday afternoon.
Terry’s other two children are in the care of Children and Family Services.
Camilia Terry’s 911 call to police reveals she told authorities her 3-year-old son disappeared from a local park Sunday afternoon. An all-out search was launched.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath wrote on the police Facebook page:
“It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the death of missing three-year old Emilliano Terry. On behalf of the Cleveland Division of Police, our condolences go out to all those who loved and cared for this child throughout his life, and to the community who came to care for him these last 24 hours. Again, I would like to thank all those who helped to spread the word, who assisted in the search, and who provided valuable information regarding Emilliano’s disappearance including the public, the media, our partners, including members of the Peacemakers Alliance and, of course, our own officers. This is a tragic end for an innocent young life in our community. And we will not accept it.
The Cleveland Division of Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are working diligently together to ensure a swift and thorough investigation of Emilliano’s death. He deserves nothing less. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure justice for Emilliano and we will NOT rest until it is served. We ask for your continued assistance in providing any information related to Emilliano’s death to our Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.
Please keep Emilliano in your hearts and know that we are working to bring him justice.”
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