Police have launched a criminal investigation after human remains discovered in a vacant Indiana home were identified as missing special-needs teen Aleah Beckerle.
Crime Online recently reported that Aleah’s remains were found “badly decomposed” after authorities received a call about a dead body in an abandoned home.
Aleah was reportedly missing on July 17, 2016 after her mother woke up to find her daughter gone. Aleah needed a wheelchair and was completely dependent on others for mobility. The house showed no signs of forced entry.
In footage of an Evansville Police Department news conference obtained by Tristate Homepage, a police spokesperson confirmed that the remains had been positively identified as Aleah and announced the launch of a criminal investigation into her death.
Evansville Police Captain Andy Chandler said that the case cannot yet be classified as a homicide investigation until the medical examiner determines the girl’s cause of death.
Police believe the house Aleah was found in will provide leads in the case.
Lead detective Brent Melton said at the news conference that he’s had plenty of sleepless nights worrying over one of the “toughest” cases he had ever worked on in his 20 years on the force.
Detective Melton said that, though Aleah was found, he’s “not gonna stop” working just as hard to find the person or people responsible for her death as he did to find the girl.
Captain Chandler gave a message to the those presumed responsible for Aleah’s death, saying that the Evansville Police Department won’t stop until they are found.
“We’re not giving up,” he said. “We’re coming after you.”
Captain Chandler did not say if there were any suspects in the case.
Photo: Police handout