- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The latest on the arrest of an Arkansas man whose 2-year-old son went missing more than a year ago (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

Police say they’ve found what they believe to be the remains of an Arkansas boy who disappeared from his father’s home last year.

Searcy police say human remains were found Wednesday in a field in a rural part of Jackson County, about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock. Police say they believe the remains are of Malik Drummond, who was 2 years old when he went missing in November 2014.

Sgt. Steve Hernandez wouldn’t say how police knew to search the area, which is northeast of the boy’s home. Hernandez says the remains have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Malik’s father, Jeffery Clifton, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of capital murder and abuse of a corpse late Tuesday night. He’s being held without bond.

White County Circuit Court officials say case documents, including probable cause affidavits that may contain details about the investigation, have been sealed.


10:10 a.m.

Authorities say the father of an Arkansas boy who went missing last year has been arrested on suspicion of capital murder and abuse of a corpse.

Searcy police said Wednesday they’d arrested 43-year-old Jeffery Clifton. His son, Malik Drummond, was 2 when he disappeared.

Sgt. Steve Hernandez says he couldn’t release details, including whether police had found the boy’s body.

Clifton’s then-girlfriend told police the toddler wandered away from their home the evening of Nov. 23, 2014, while Clifton was sleeping. Dozens of volunteers spent weeks scouring the neighborhood about 50 miles northeast of Little Rock.

The FBI offered a $20,000 reward last month.

It’s unclear whether Clifton has an attorney. Last month, Clifton said he was still searching for his son, “looking at cars that pass, in parks.”

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