EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The body of an infant found in southern New Mexico might be that of a Texas baby missing since Friday, police said.
El Paso police spokesman Mike Baranyay said the remains are suspected of being those of 5-month-old Jackson Farrey, but they are expecting the New Mexico medical examiner to identify the body and determine the cause of death.
The body was found in the desert near U.S. 54, a highway that runs between El Paso and Alamogordo, N.M.
El Paso police and the FBI started an investigation Friday after they discovered the family, their car and the dog were missing from their home in western El Paso.
Authorities on Sunday found 22-year-old Jeffrey Farrey, his 20-year-old wife Jenna Farrey and their 17-month-old son Blake Farrey in a motel in Escanaba, Mich. Their youngest son wasn't with them.
Jeffrey Farrey was in the Army, joining the military branch in 2010, according to Ft. Bliss officials. They said he was deployed in Afghanistan for 11 months between 2011 and 2012.
Ft. Bliss said in a statement that Spc. Jeffrey Farrey was extradited from Michigan by post officials and brought to El Paso. He was delivered to El Paso police who held him on a warrant. He is charged with injury to a child by omission and held on a $1.5 million bond. No contact information for a lawyer for Farrey was available.
Police did not release details on the whereabouts of Jenna Farrey or if she faces charges. She was arrested and charged in 2012 with abandoning or endangering a child.