MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Thursday, the remains believed to be that of three-year-old Jonathan Chase Deblase returned to Mobile County. As Alabama authorities examine the boy's remains, police plan another search for his five-year-old sister Natalie.
Natalie Deblase is no where to be found.
Mobile Police say her father, John Deblase, buried her in Northern Mobile County.
Last weekend, authorities searched an area in Citronelle, but they were not able to find the five-year-old.
Now investigators are planning another search. But they want to make sure their plan is solid.
"That is what we are working on at this point to make sure when we get out there, we don't spend a lot of time standing around wasting time when we can actually have some people on the ground in the woods looking," said officer Chris Levy.
Meanwhile, Johnathan's remains came back to Alabama from Mississippi.
"At this time, their forensic investigators will review the remains. I am not able to comment on what our examiners were able to discover, " said Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus.
She also said since the remains had been in the woods for so long, determining a cause of death would be challenging in any situation.
"All of the pieces were not in one place Wednesday, so we have to do what we can to make a final determination," said Broadus.
The father told investigators he buried him the three-year-old in Vancleave, Mississippi.
Wednesday morning, search teams found remains believed to be that of Jonathan's in the area.
By nightfall, the father was charged with two counts of murder.
Jackson County, Mississippi District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Thursday he may file charges against the father as well.
"There are desecration of corpse laws in Mississippi. If the investigation reveals (Deblase) did that, charging him is a possibility," said Lawrence.
Prosecutors say even though they don't know the cause of his death right now, they are still moving forward.
"That will not prevent the prosecution of a felony murder charge because evidence of a cause of death can be proved circumstantially, or at least that was a homicide circumstantially," said Assistant District Attorney Jo Beth Murphree.
MORE CHARGES FOR THE STEPMOTHER
Also late Thursday afternoon, the district attorneys office gave authorization to upgrade charges against the stepmother, Heather Leavell Keaton.
Arrest warrants say Deblase once allowed her to bind Natalie in a suitcase for about 14 hours.
The warrants also state Keaton bound Johnathan and made him stand in a corner while the couple went to bed.
Keaton was facing an abuse charge, but District Attorney John Tyson says that will be upgraded to aggravated child abuse and abuse of a corpse.
"I have given the authorization to charge her," Tyson told FOX 10 News.
Tyson declined to comment on whether Keaton will face a murder charge.
"The case is still developing. That is all I am going to say," said Tyson.
Keaton has been arrested in Kentucky.
Authorities thought she would return to Mobile County by Thursday. But it now looks like she will return by Sunday.
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