4-year-old’s body found in plastic tote; police say girl died at least 4 years ago

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EVERETT, Wash. -- Detectives have found the remains of a 4-year-old girl who died at least four years ago hidden in a plastic tote in Washington state.

Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives said they believe the girl died several years ago while she was with her biological mother and the mother’s boyfriend.

The mother and boyfriend panicked when the girl died because they had a history with the police, detectives believe. Instead of reporting the death, they wrapped the girl’s body and put it in the container.

Relatives said they believe the girl’s body was kept at the couple’s home until it began to smell, so they poured concrete over the body in the container. The relatives said the couple kept the body for several years and eventually stashed it at a relative’s home.

Detectives found the body after they served a search warrant Saturday.

Police said the girl’s biological mother told family members -- including her other children -- several different stories about how the girl died.

The girl, who would be 9 if she were still alive, hasn’t been enrolled in school and there’s no evidence of her being alive since September 2010, when she was immunized.

No arrests have been made, and the girl’s cause and manner of death haven’t been determined.

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