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Seven mysteries in the case of Oakley Carlson, 5 years old, who disappeared after the fire

A FIVE-year-old girl has disappeared under mysterious circumstances – with police saying it is unknown when she was last seen.

Authorities searched Oakley Carlson since Monday, when a tip from a concerned resident led to a welfare check for the young girl.

Law enforcement began searching for Oakley Carlson, 5, on Monday

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Law enforcement began searching for Oakley Carlson, 5, on Monday
Her parents, Andrew Carlson (pictured) and Jordan Bowers, are in custody

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Her parents, Andrew Carlson (pictured) and Jordan Bowers, are in custody
Jordan Bowers (pictured) and Carlson are being held on suspicion of manslaughter

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Jordan Bowers (pictured) and Carlson are being held on suspicion of manslaughter

Her parents, Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson, are in prison on suspicion of manslaughter in Oakley’s disappearance.

FIRE AT THE PROPERTY

Investigators in Oakville, Washington, are looking into a fire at the Carlson family home as part of an investigation into Oakley’s whereabouts.

Local FOX Affiliate Company Report on KCPQ a GoFundMe account set up by a friend of the couple in mid-November, with photos showing damage to their home.

The fundraiser is no longer active and it is unclear how much, if any, it has raised for the family.

NO DURATION FEMALE

The sheriff’s office issued a missing child alert on December 7, asking the public to keep an eye on Oakley while noting that they’re not sure when she was last seen.

“Detectives and search and rescue personnel are currently searching the child’s whereabouts and property. The investigation is in the early stages,” a news release said.

“The exact date the child was last seen has yet to be verified.”

When delegates asked where Oakley’s parents were, they could not explain, KOMO report.

That led to a search of the 300-acre property on which their home was located, with divers and scavengers brought in to try to find the girl.

PARENTS’ Troubled Past

Bowers’ arrest on suspicion of manslaughter in her daughter’s disappearance was not her first criminal case.

According to KOMO, she has a criminal history that includes convictions for drugs and theft.

Carlson is a former Aberdeen Police Officer who was removed from his officer position in 2017 for making false and misleading statements, KCPQ reported.

PARENT Layout ‘PLEA

According to Erik and Jamie Jo Hiles, Oakley was in foster parents’ care until November 2019.

“She is very kind and intelligent, she loves to read. She will fall asleep with the books in her bed,” Jamie Jo said.

The couple told local media they adopted Oakley when she was seven months old and cared for her until the court ordered her to be returned to her biological parents, Carlson and Bowers.

Jamie Jo Hiles said she believes the decision to bring Oakley back to the Bowers and Carlson was “rushed”.

They tracked Oakley for two years since her return and contacted authorities multiple times with concerns about her safety, including after meeting with GoFundMe over the fire.

Hiles said they called back social services in January 2021, when they became suspicious after receiving “some news” about Oakley.

‘HIGHLIGHTS’ RIGHTS

Neighbors told local news outlets that they had called 911 “several times” after hearing an argument erupting between the couple.

Oakley’s adoptive parents told KCPQ they suspect Carlson and Bowers may have used drugs.

The police department said Oakley’s siblings were moved from Bowers and Carlson’s home and are safe in the care of others.

TEST SOFTWARE CODE

Some details have been released about who asked authorities to check Oakley.

KCPQ reported that it was “an associate” of Bowers and Carlson who called to say they hadn’t seen Oakley in a while.

Neighbors told the station the same thing, with one neighbor adding that they noticed a school bus had stopped in the area.

NO 911 CALLS

One of the most difficult factors in the search for Oakley was the fact that parents reported failure to call 911 following the fire and the girl’s disappearance.

GoFundMe said the parents didn’t call for help when the fire broke out because they couldn’t find their phones, according to KCPQ.

Grays Harbor Sheriff Brad Johansson’s office said it was “unusual” for the fire department to be called.

“If no one saw her, what might have happened to her? Was it the fire? Was it something else?” Jamie Jo said.

The Port of Grays Sheriff’s Office said Oakley’s parents remained uncooperative about where Oakley was and the time frame of her disappearance.

Anyone who has seen Oakley Carlson in the past year or has information about her welfare is asked to call sheriff’s office detectives at 360-533-8765.

Oakley Carlson (pictured) stayed in foster parents' care until November 2019

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Oakley Carlson (pictured) stayed in foster parents’ care until November 2019

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16994393/oakley-carlson-missing-fire-parents-arrested/ Seven mysteries in the case of Oakley Carlson, 5 years old, who disappeared after the fire

Huynh Nguyen

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