The father of two children of a missing woman was arrested after a body was found on Wednesday.
Madeline Kingsbury, 26, disappeared March 31 after stopping at a daycare center to drop off her children, a five-year-old girl and two-year-old boy.
Police recovered a body Wednesday afternoon near Mabel, Minnesota, about 60 miles southeast of Rochester, the Winona Police Department said on Facebook post.
The body was not identified, but that night police arrested 29-year-old Adam Fravel – Kingsbury’s ex and father of their children – and charged him with second-degree murder Winona County Sheriff’s Office.
“The body was found in bushes off Highway 43 and located using information obtained during the Madeline Kingsbury investigation,” police said in the Facebook post.
“As a result, police forces have arrested Adam Fravel for a probable cause related to her disappearance.”
Investigators are now working to identify the body as soon as possible.
“We ask that the community, at this time, respect the family’s privacy and refrain from speculating about the case until more information is available,” the department said.
Police plan to hold a press conference in Winona on Thursday.
Fravel had previously protested his innocence.
“I had nothing to do with Maddi’s disappearance,” the father said in a statement obtained by CBS News.
“I want the mother of my 5 year old and 2 year old to be found and brought home safely. I wish for that more than anything else.”
The children were placed in foster care but are now living with their maternal grandparents, the outlet reported.
Fravel applied for custody of the children on Monday, but the application was denied by a judge.
Kingsbury was supposed to collect the children from daycare on the day they disappeared, but never did.
Fravel was with her when the children were dropped off that morning.
Kingsbury also didn’t show up for work, which was uncharacteristic.
Police were concerned when they discovered her phone, wallet, ID card and a jacket that Kingsbury was reportedly wearing earlier in the day.
On April 3, she was officially classified as a Vulnerable Missing Person.
More than 2,000 people helped find Kingsbury in the week after her disappearance.