JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- (WJXT) -- Remains believed to be those of Lonzie Barton, who was reported missing nearly six months ago, were found Monday in a wooded area off Philips Highway near State Road 9B.
Sheriff Mike Williams announced the news that all signs had been pointing to all day: the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office "strongly believes we've found the remains of Lonzie Barton" in woods of Philips Highway
JSO's chief of investigations, Tom Hackney, who was the face of the search for the missing toddler, and State Attorney Angela Corey also spoke at a news conference.
"It is a very sad day that we find these remains that we believe to be Lonzie's, but it's the first step in justice," Hackney said. "Finding the body is a very large piece of that."
Corey said legal proceedings allowed the state to work with Ebron's defense team to find the body. She said new charges are now being considered involving Lonzie Barton's death.
Williams confirmed reports that Ebron led police to the scene where skeletal remains of a child were found. News4Jax was told the remains were covered, but not buried.