There was a tragic update on two missing children after a two-year-old wandered near the train tracks where his one-year-old brother was found dead.
A parent of the two boys, from Ukiah, California, reported them missing around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.
The two-year-old was found alone and “in distress” around 4 p.m. thanks to a tip from the sheriff’s office.
According to authorities, he appears to be suffering from heat-related symptoms.
The boy was taken to Adventist Health Ukiah Vally Hospital for a “life-threatening medical emergency,” police said.
About 20 minutes later, the one-year-old brother was found dead on train tracks near where the two-year-old was found.
The boys were left in the care of Edward “Two Feathers” Steele, 32, at a nearby motel, according to police.
Steele has since been named a person of interest and is expected to have information on the two boys before police find them, authorities say.
A sheriff’s spokesman said Steele was not the boys’ father, The Mercury News reported.
Police were able to locate Steele and take him into custody after it was believed he was avoiding them.
Members of the Hopland Tribal contacted police after Steele was discovered at the Hopland Rancheria.
Before the children went missing, police arrived at a car park in Ukiah after receiving a report of domestic violence before dawn.
Police said Steele and a woman he was with were in the parking lot.
When the woman spoke to police, she said her two children were with a babysitter at a nearby motel.
The woman was later arrested on suspicion of causing bodily harm for domestic violence, according to police.
According to the Associated Press, police believed Steele took the children into his care after the woman’s arrest.
Investigators had also learned that a man was walking with two young children who police believe were Steele and the boys before they went missing around 4.50am on Wednesday.
Someone called the police, but when they showed up, the three were nowhere to be found.
Police have arrested Steele on suspicion of murder, according to multiple news outlets.
It’s unclear if Steele has an attorney speaking for him at this point.
An autopsy for the one-year-old boy was scheduled, but no cause of death has yet been confirmed.
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