CITRONELLE, AL (WLOX) - Mobile police found human remains Saturday morning believed to be those of 5-year old Natalie Deblase. She's been missing since this summer.
About a week ago, police say they started preliminary searches of the area where the human remains were found. Around 100 officers, firefighters, search and rescue and K-9 units started scouring the area about 8:30 Saturday morning. After searching for about a half an hour, human remains, believed to be those of 5-year-old Natalie Deblase were found.
It was a discovery filled with mixed emotions for family and friends of the little girl.
"It's good that...we know...But I mean, it's terrible to know that you're never gonna see them again," said family friend, Creighton Hobbs.
For those who lived in the area where the search was taking place, it was a feeling of disbelief.
Ursula Knight said, "I just never thought anything like this would be happening. You know, especially close by where I live."
On Wednesday, an autopsy confirmed that a body found near Vancleave was Natalie's 3-year-old brother Chase. Mobile police say the toddler was put in a garbage bag and left in the woods on Father's Day.
Authorities in Mobile and Jackson County conducted the search based on information provided by the children's father John DeBlase. Mobile police say he's been charged with two counts of murder in the death of his children.
Deblase's attorneys said he will enter a not guilty plea by reason of "mental disease or defect." DeBlase's common-law wife Heather Keaton, according to police, was arrested in Kentucky and extradited back to Alabama Friday. They say she could also be facing two counts of murder.