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Kentucky deputies investigating a missing child find a body in a storage unit; couple arrested

Kentucky deputies investigating a report of a missing child found a body in a storage unit and arrested a man and his girlfriend, authorities said.

Jose Gomez-Alvarez, 32, and Cheyanne Porter, 27, were arrested by Kentucky State Police in Berea on Monday after warrants were issued for the two accused of tampering with evidence and misusing ‘a dead body,’ Daviess County Sheriff Barry Smith said in a news release.

The arrests came after deputies found a body in a tote bag that was inside a storage unit at Extra Space Storage in Owensboro that belonged to Porter, Smith said.

Deputies began investigating on September 30 after an acquaintance reported that a 9-year-old girl had not been seen in a while and that Porter and Gomez-Alvarez had given different stories about her location, according to the police records.

The arrest warrant lists Gomez-Alvarez as Porter’s boyfriend and father of the child, media reported.

Smith said the couple had been transient, “living in different states” and “staying in local hotels for much of 2022.”

The body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation into the death is still ongoing, with the assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies.

In a statement, Extra Space Storage told WEVV-TV they are working to help with the investigation and the facility will remain closed for the time being.

“This is a tragedy for the community, and our hearts are with those who are grieving,” Extra Space Storage said in a statement.


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