BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The latest on the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney (all times local):
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains of a 3-year-old girl found in a Center Point dumpster as that of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
In a press release sent out by Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates Wednesday, the remains were recovered at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday during a search at the Santek Waste Services Landfill in Gardendale. Over the last few days, the Birmingham Police Department had been using the landfill to go through trash collected in the area.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith made the announcement that the remains had been found during a press conference after 8 p.m. Tuesday, where he said he believed the remains were those of McKinney. The girl had been missing since Oct. 12 when she was taken during a party at the Tom Brown Village housing community.
The cause of death for McKinney is still pending.
“This death is being investigated as a homicide therefore, all further inquiries regarding the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping investigation and/or death investigation should be made to Birmingham PD,” the release stated.
Birmingham mayor calls for vigil in memory of “Cupcake”
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced a vigil in memory of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. The vigil will take place at Linn Park on the Short 20th Street side facing City Hall.
The vigil will start at 4 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.
The city hall will be lit in purple, Kamille’s favorite color, in memory of her.
The Tom Brown Village Community also announced a vigil in honor of Cupcake. The event will take place at 8 p.m.
Tuesday night, Birmingham Police announced the remains of a 3-year-old girl were found inside a dumpster near the Center Point condominium, where suspects Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown were arrested days after Kamille’s disappearance.