CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - After two days of searching, Cleveland police confirm that human remains have been found in the backyard of a home on the city's west side.
Cleveland police department's public information officer made the grim announcement late Tuesday afternoon, after about six hours of searching.
"Our investigations along with the FBI and the Medical Examiner's Office, while digging this backyard have recovered what appears to be human remains. The Medical Examiner will be taking those remains to their office for further examination," said Jennifer Ciaccia.
Authorities were in the 1300 block of West 80th Street searching for the 5-year-old boy named Jordan -- the family released the boy's first name and picture to Cleveland 19 -- when they discovered a body.
It's not yet been confirmed if the body is Jordan.
Police first went to the home Monday, Dec. 18, after they received a call from Pakistan saying there was a body buried in the backyard of 1361 West 80th St.
The boy's mother, Larissa Maria Rodriguez, 34, has been taken into custody, and will be charged with murder and felonious assault on Thursday, according to Cleveland Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Ciaccia.
"You're not going to feel no type of remorse," asked Angel Alvarez, the father of the missing child's stepbrother, about Larissa's state of mind. "(The missing 5-year-old boy) liked playing outside, he liked playing with cars...That's not a mother, that's really not."
Rodriguez told police she has nine children and five live with her.
She then told officers the 5-year-old boy left on Dec. 2, with his aunt to visit his father in Texas.
The little boy has special needs and is unable to speak.
According to the police report, Rodriguez did not know the phone number or address of the father or the aunt but she did have a photo from May of the little boy.
The tipster, Scott Rodriguez, is the brother of the stepdad, Christopher Rodriquez. who is currently in the Medina County Jail.
Scott Rodriguez told police that the child was found unresponsive and was buried in the backyard two months ago.
Cadaver dogs were used to aid in the search.
Police say Larissa Maria Rodriguez has not been charged with anything.
The FBI offered the following statement regarding the investigation: