Police arrested Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson in connection to the disappearance of their 5-year-old daughter, Oakley Carlson. It is unclear when the young girl was last seen and according to police, the parents were unable to provide any information on their daughter’s location.

Officers were first made aware of the missing little girl on Tuesday when a concerned citizen asked police to do a welfare check on the family. The parents are currently persons of interest in the Oakley Carlson missing person case and investigators consider her disappearance “suspicious.”

“Detectives and search and rescue workers are currently searching the residence and property for the child,” officers said in a statement. “The investigation is in its initial stages.”

According to reports, Harbor County officers and FBI agents are currently searching the 300-acre Carlson property with cadaver dogs. Authorities fear the worst.

Parents of 5-year-old Oakley Carlson have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. It is unclear how long the little girl has been missing for and her parents are unable to tell officers where she is. (Credit: Facebook)
Parents of 5-year-old Oakley Carlson have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. It is unclear how long the little girl has been missing for and her parents are unable to tell officers where she is. (Credit: Facebook)

Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson were initially arrested under charges of suspicion of obstructing a law enforcement officer. They refused to say where the missing 5-year-old girl was or provide any explanation as to where she could be. The possible charges have since been altered to manslaughter. A judge set their bail at $150,000.

Carlson and Bowers have not been officially charged with manslaughter, however, and they are being held in the Grays Habor County Jail. Officers are allowed to hold them until Friday unless any other evidence is found.

“Based on the unusual circumstances of the missing child, not knowing her whereabouts and no one has seen her in several days and no one knows her condition, we felt that is in the best interest of the case,” said Undersheriff Brad Johansson.

Jordan Bowers was arrested after she failed to tell police where her missing 5-year-old girl was. Police are searching her home for the child. (Credit: Facebook)
Jordan Bowers was arrested after she failed to tell police where her missing 5-year-old girl was. Police are searching her home for the child. (Credit: Facebook)

Members of the Oakville, WA. community are planning a candlelight vigil for the young girl at the Oakville Elementary School. Many community members hope for the best, especially Erik and Jamie Jo Hiles, Oakley Carlson’s foster parents.

The Hiles couple saw Carlson as their own child after fostering her when she was 7 months old. The Hiles fostered the girl until she was 3, when, in Nov. 2019, she was moved back in with Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson. It is unknown why Washington State child services reunited the little girl back with her biological parents.

Jamie Jo and Erik Hiles hope that authorities will be able to find the 5-year-old girl alive, but they have an uneasy feeling about the missing person’s case. “There’s just this uneasy feeling, it just doesn’t feel like it’s real. It doesn’t happen in the community,” said foster father Erik Hiles.

Like many Oakville community members, they are preparing for the worst. Jamie Jo said, “That’s what’s so heartbreaking, we wanted to give her the absolute best life. Loading her into that car two years ago felt like a death to us then, we have grieved and have been so sad at the loss of her. I never want anything to happen to her. But I have to prepare myself that something could have happened to her.”

Andrew Carlson has been arrested in connection to the missing persons case of his 5-year-old daughter, Oakley Carlson. (Credit: Facebook)
Andrew Carlson has been arrested in connection to the missing person case of his 5-year-old daughter, Oakley Carlson. (Credit: Facebook)

While Washington State police continue to investigate what happened to the missing 5-year-old girl, many wonder if the state system failed Oakley Carlson. Why was the 5-year-old allowed to go back to her parents and why did no one notice that she had gone missing?

Fox News 13 reached out to the state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, though the organization was unable to provide any specific answers surrounding Oakley’s case. Director Patrick Dowd did say that the department’s goal is to find the best place for a child and that deciding whether or not they should be removed from their biological parents is a tricky situation.

He said, “The harm from leaving the child in a possibly neglectful or abusive situation in the family’s home versus the trauma of removing the child and separation from parents and possibly siblings. That’s again a quandary and competing policy goals within our system.”