A woman who went missing also with her infant son was found dead Tuesday night, ABC affiliate WBND-LD reports. The baby was taken to a hospital.
Alexis Morales’s body was found in South Bend, and 5-month-old Messiah Morales was transported to the hospital for symptoms of hypothermic injuries. He is expected to recover, according to WBND.
Earlier in the day, a vehicle matching the model and tag number of Alexis Morales’ car was discovered late Tuesday near the junction of South Kaley and West Huron streets on South Bend’s west side, according to WBND. Messiah was discovered in the automobile.
“When the officers arrived on scene and they reached in and they found him alive, they immediately scooped him up, cared for him, gave him love and got him to the hospital,” police said Tuesday. According to South Bend Police, this is a homicide investigation.
“It was clear immediately while dealing with processing the scene and seeing Alexis; it was clear that it became a homicide scene,” police said.
The baby remains in the hospital and is being cared for by relatives. Alexis’ autopsy will take place on Friday.
“This is taking a physical and psychological toll on our officers and our detectives,” South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said. “Somebody knows [what happened]. Absolutely 100% somebody knows. Matter of fact, I would bet my life that more than one person knows what happened.”
When Alexis and Messiah Morales went out last week, they were in South Bend. They were last seen around 6 p.m. On Monday, April 18, a statewide Silver Alert was put in place for them.
Police say that an Amber Alert would not have been possible because Messiah was thought to be with his mother. There are some rules for Amber Alerts set by the state of Indiana. One of them says that the child must be missing and in danger of serious injury or death.
The pair was last seen in a silver 2006 BMW X5 SUV with the Indiana license plate MULALUV, the alert says.
Anyone with information about Messiah is asked to contact the Elkhart Sheriff’s Office at 574-533-4151 or 911.