Body of missing 2-year-old Louisiana girl found in Hancock County, stepfather arrested Sunday

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. — Investigators with the FBI have found the body of a missing 2-year-old Louisiana girl in a remote part of southwest Mississippi, and the girl’s stepfather has been arrested on suspicion of illegally disposing of her body.

Hancock County Coroner Derek Turnage told The Sun Herald Navaeh Allen’s remains were found Sunday in the Logtown area of Hancock County, Mississippi.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana police, meanwhile, have arrested the girl’s stepfather, Phillip Gardner. They tell The Advocate of Baton Rouge that the 30-year-old Gardner acknowledged finding the girl unresponsive and disposing of her remains without notifying authorities.

Gardner was booked into jail on Sunday. He has been charged with unlawful disposal of a body and obstruction of justice.

Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

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