JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Authorities in Jackson County are searching for the bodies of two children from Mobile who went missing this summer.
According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, they received a tip from Mobile authorities that the bodies of Natalie Deblase, 5, and Chase Deblase, 3, were dumped along Highway 57 about 15 miles north of Vancleave.
Mobile Police arrested John Deblase last night and charged him with two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of abuse of a corpse.
Deblase said the children's stepmother, Heather Keaton, was also involved in the disappearance. Keaton was arrested Wednesday in Kentucky and also has been charged with child abuse.
During Deblase's conversations with police he indicated the area north of Vancleave as the place the bodies were dumped.
Jackson County Sheriff's deputies began combing the area with the Gulf Coast Search and Rescue cadaver dogs alongside Mobile police early Saturday morning. So far, they haven't discovered the bodies.
According to Pat Sullivan with the Gulf Coast Search and Rescue, the fact that the children have been missing for months makes it difficult to find the bodies; however, the cadaver have been able to discover corpses that have been hidden for more than a year.
Sullivan says he's not sure when the search will continue. Authorities in Mobile are trying to acquire more information.
WLOX is following the story and will have the latest developments on WLOX News and WLOX.com.