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Police at the scene on Thursday.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -
UPDATE: TV5 has learned more details about the death of 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain.
Thursday night, a source close to the investigation told TV5 the body of Carnel Chamberlain may have been found earlier this week.
The remains were sent to a crime lab, and Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed it was the body of the 4-year-old.
Family members told TV5 Thursday that police told them Carnel was found under the porch at Jaimee Chamberlain's home. The body was burned badly.
Anthony Bennett has been named a person of interest. We are not aware of any arrests or where the investigation stands because the FBI and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police aren't saying much right now.
A candlelight vigil was held for Carnel at the tribal operations center Thursday night.
TV5 can confirm that the body of missing 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain was found on Thursday afternoon underneath a patio at the boy's home.
Police in Mount Pleasant were seen putting up crime scene tape around Carnel's mother's house. A crime lab vehicle and two Michigan State Police cars pulled up to the house and brought in a cadaver dog late Thursday afternoon. The animal was seen moving around the home's front and back porches.
Once authorities set up a perimeter, they pushed TV5 off the property. A neighbor told TV5 that earlier today they could smell a "barbeque-like" smell coming the area the night Carnel was reported missing.
TheMorning Sun in Mount Pleasant also reported that the boy's body was found underneath one of those porches.
WNEM.com will be updating this story with any new information as we learn it throughout the evening. Tune in tonight on TV5 News at 11 p.m. for a live report from the vigil for Carnel and more details into the investigation.
Search teams have stopped looking for missing 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain because of heat advisories issued on Thursday.
The boy had been missing for seven days since first disappearing last Thursday night while in the care of his mother's boyfriend. Authorities said they're still questioning the boyfriend, who they've labeled "a person of interest" in the case. TV5 spoke at length with Carnel's mom about the boy's disappearance.
According to TV5 reporter Andrew Keller, Carnel's mother, 21-year-old Jaimee Chamberlain, had allowed her boyfriend, Anthony Bennett, to move into her home about seven months ago. A week ago, Jaimee said she saw bruises on Carnel's buttocks. She asked Anthony about it and she said he admitted to doing it because the boy didn't clean his room. Jaimee then said Carnel complained about Anthony "being mean."
Later, when Jaimee came home last Thursday night from her job around 10 p.m., she asked Anthony where Carnel was and she said he replied, "he came up missing." Jaimee said she told Anthony to put Carnel to bet at 9 p.m. Anthony told her he's last seen the boy playing in the pool in the back yard at 9:30 p.m.
Jaimee said she went next door to the neighbors to see if they had seen Carnel. When they said no, she called police. Police told her to stay in her house. Jaime said she went into the bathroom and saw that the carpet was wet. She said Anthony claimed he was setting up a bath for her and it overflowed. Jaimee told TV5 she also found two brown spots on the carpet in the bathroom where it was wet and said it smelled like cleaning solution.
Jaimee also said she was looking through the laundry and found wet shorts that Carnel had been wearing that day.
Meanwhile, the family has set up a Facebook page titled "Carnel's Hope For Tomorrow." You can click to see that page here.
On Wednesday, Carnel's mother admitted to taking two polygraph tests in connection to her son's disappearance. That information came on the heels of Tribal police announcing two days ago that Bennett is a "person of interest." Police said they asked Bennett to take a polygraph test and he turned the request down.
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