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TPD: Two bodies recovered are those of Miracle and Tony Crook

Posted at 4:29 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 11:11:40-04

Tulsa Police Chief Franklin and Tulsa County District Attorney held a news conference with updates on the two missing toddlers.

Tulsa police confirm the bodies of two young children recovered are those of Miracle and Tony Crook.

Tulsa Police Chief Franklin said they started thinking on Monday that the children had gone into the water due to the lack of good leads. Later, surveillance video proved this.

Authorities focused on searching water with multiple agencies assisting.

Lot of people, lot of agencies, lot of collaboration, all for one mission.
Tulsa Chief of Police Wendell Franklin

Chief Franklin said late Thursday night they received DNA confirmation that the bodies are Miracle and Tony.

It's saddening, but we're elated we are able to bring closure. Because we located those two and brought them home.
Tulsa Chief of Police Wendell Franklin

Tulsa District Attorney Kunzweiler started by saying it is the duty of the DA's office to set aside emotions and do the job for which they were hired to do.

When Kunzweiler was questioned about charges, he expressed he wants to let the community grieve and won't speculate until they are ready to file charges.

Currently, Kunzweiler said the case is several hundred pages long and is in the DA's office to determine the next steps.

Tulsa police confirmed Wednesday they had found a second body.

Police said the body of a young boy was found around 5 p.m. in Bird Creek at 46th Street North.

Police said the first body found in the Verdigris River late Tuesday night is a young female.

They also said all signs point to the two bodies being Miracle and Tony Crook.

On Tuesday Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said newly discovered video showed the toddlers holding hands and walking down stairs towards water near Mingo Creek on Friday.

They are not seen reappearing.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol searched a creek in north Tulsa on Tuesday, hoping to find any information in connection to the two toddlers last seen by a family member on Friday, May 22.

Tulsa police updated their Facebook page, saying that as of 1 p.m. on May 26, Miracle and Tony are still missing.

Police tell us the children were with their mother, Donisha Willis, when they went missing.

Police stopped all cars going in and coming out of the Shoreline Apartments on Monday.

A new surveillance image was released on Tulsa Police Department's Facebook page of the children walking in the apartment complex on Friday around 10:15 a.m.

Lieutenant John Adams said Willis' parents and sister stopped by the apartment Friday night.

The children were last seen with their mother on surveillance video at Ryan's Mingo, a convenience store near the complex.

That’s the last time we saw them. Those are the last images we have and we believe that’s what they were wearing.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin

Lt. Adams said the mother refused to cooperate or give any information as to where the two children were.

Police searched the entire complex, knocking on doors, using helicopters, using cadaver dogs, boats, and using the Tulsa Dive Teams.

A memorial service for the brother and sister is set for Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Antioch Baptist Church, located at 110 West 56th Street North in Tulsa.

The service will begin at 10 a.m.

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