BATON ROUGE, La (BRPRPOUD) – Lanaya Cardwell, mother of two-year-old Nevaeh Allen, took to social media on Sunday, Sept. 26 to ask for community help in the search for her daughter, Cardwell believed authorities were not doing enough to find her child.
She printed flyers of Nevaeh and passed them out to anyone in the community willing to help with the search. An hour into the search Cardwell received a phone call from a family member informing her that there was information that the child was deceased.
The toddler’s body, who was last seen wearing a yellow and pink dress with pineapples has since been found in Hancock County in Mississippi, according to Baton Rouge Police Department.
According to Cardwell and close friends, law enforcement has yet to officially inform her about the death of her daughter. She said she’s been collecting information about the case from community members, family members, and social media.
An autopsy will be performed and will determine the cause of death.
BRPD confirmed the body with the FBI, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Gulf South Search and Rescue.
Phillip Gardner, the mother’s boyfriend, has been arrested for his involvement in two-year-old Nevaeh Allen’s disappearance.
According to Baton Rouge Police Department, Gardner was arrested Saturday night and is now booked in East Baton Rouge Prison. Gardner has been charged with Unlawful Disposal of Remains and Obstruction of Justice.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Anyone who has information on this investigation is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 38-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225)-344-7867.