Skeletal remains found this month in Louisiana have been identified as those of a 12-year-old Las Vegas girl reported missing in September.
According to the Catahoula Parish sheriff's office, authorities used dental records to identify the remains as those of Lexis Kaye Roberts, who had last been seen in Arizona with her mother, Suellen Roberts, and her mother's boyfriend, Thomas Steven Sanders, also known as "Spider."
The remains were found by hunters just north of Harrisonburg, La., the sheriff's office said.
The three were last seen at the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park in Williams, Ariz., on Sept. 4, according to the Coconino County sheriff's office. Williams is about 200 miles southeast of Las Vegas and 1,400 miles west of Harrisonburg. Police initially did not know if the disappearance was criminal.
Sanders, 53, accompanied Suellen Roberts, 31, on the planned trip to Arizona. Police said Roberts and Sanders met at a storage facility in Las Vegas, where they both worked. Both are still missing.
According to records, Sanders and Roberts made cell phone calls on Sept. 5, placing them 18 miles north of Williams. All phone activity has stopped since then.
They were last seen driving Roberts' 2001 Kia Spectra with Nevada license plate 153UCR, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Catahoula Parish sheriff's office at 318-744-5411 or contact local law enforcement officers.
Contact reporter Mike Blasky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0283.