Body May Be Missing 2-Year-Old: Police

Amber Alert an Apparent Hoax

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    Aveion Malik Lewis

    Police in Roanoke, Va., may have found the body of a 2-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert earlier this month.

    Aveion Lewis was reported missing by his stepfather on Jan. 14. Brandon Lockett told police men had broken into his home in southeast Roanoke, beat him up and abducted the boy, authorities said.

    A statewide Amber Alert was issued in Virginia, but as police investigated, they became suspicious of Lockett's story. A week later, they determined Lockett's story was a lie.

    "All indications are Aveion was deceased prior to the 911 call made on the 14th," Roanoke Police Chief Joe Gaskins told WSLS.

    Last week, police began searching the Smith Gap Landfill in Roanoke County. On Wednesday, they found a body in trash that was collected near and around an apartment complex where Aveion's family lives.

    The body has been taken to the Roanoke Medical Examiners office to be positively identified.

    Meanwhile, prosecutors are trying to determine what charges should be filed in this case.

    Last week, Lockett was charged with child neglect, improper disposal of a body and obstruction of justice. The commonwealth's attorney plans to wait until the autopsy is complete to decide whether or not to file additional charges against him.