The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced early Thursday that remains found on Monday might be that of a missing toddler who disappeared during the summer.
Police have been looking for 1-year-old Lonzie Barton since he was reported missing on July 24. The boy was last seen with his mom’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron, 32.
Ebron told investigators that he had left the toddler in his car when it was stolen while he went inside his apartment. The vehicle was found a short time later with no signs of the child.
Investigators quickly determined that Ebron’s statement was false after video surfaced of Ebron walking away from the area where the vehicle was later found.
Ebron was arrested on unrelated child neglect charges.
The toddler’s mother, Lonna Barton, 26, was later charged with child neglect and providing a false statement to police in connection to the disappearance of her son. She has since pleaded guilty to those charges and agreed to testify against Ebron.
The remains were found in an area of Florida 9B and Philips Highway. Ebron led investigators to the spot.
A medical examiner still has to make a determination if the remains are of that of Barton but deputies have said they are confident that the remains are of Barton.
Investigators have not said if there were any indications of what killed the child.