Investigators believe they have found the remains of a Commerce City infant who disappeared in March.
After 53 days of searching at the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site, which involved more than 500 people spending 19,300 hours combing through 13,000 tons of waste, the remains of a baby were found Wednesday afternoon, said Krista Flanagan, spokeswoman for the Adams County District Attorney's Office.
Authorities are in the process of identifying the remains through forensic testing but investigators believe it is Torrey Brown, a 7-month-old baby who was reported missing on March 29.
Torrey's mother, Sharrieckia Page, 22, is currently being held at the Adams County Detention Center on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
"I'm happy they found him. I hope it's him," said the baby's father, Torrey Brown Sr. , who is estranged from Page.
Page called 911 on March 29 to report her 7-month-old son was missing from their home in the Pinecrest Apartments.
Police officers called in to investigate searched the Dumpsters near the mother's apartment and removed several bags.
Days later, Commerce City police detectives focused on the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) located at South Gun Club Road and Hampden Avenue.
"Over a 53-day period, 500 people from 26 agencies and community organizations across the state and nation participated in the search. Approximately 19,300 hours were spent searching 2.5 acres of the regional solid waste landfill. Working 12-hour shifts at a cost of approximately $10,000 per day, crews sorted through 9,900 tons of waste (over 1 million square feet) before finding the remains," Flanagan said.
Police said the mother was taken in for questioning after she had reported her son missing.
She was cooperative at first but she became less cooperative as the investigation progressed, police said.
Page's Facebook profile said she was from Peoria, Ill. She listed working at Goodwill Retail, an Indiana nonprofit whose website said it "helps people find jobs and prepare for life and work."
Facebook photos showed a baby boy sleeping in an infant carrier and Page when she was pregnant with him.
In a Facebook post last August, Page wrote: "yeaaaaa finally had the baby torrey elijiah lamonte brown my lil man."
In photos, her older daughter and son appear happy, playing with toys at an outdoor festival and smiling while hugging each other next to a huge stuffed dog.
7NEWS confirmed that the Colorado Department of Human Services would conduct a fatality review in this case, meaning the family had some prior contact with local social services case agents.
Page wrote on Facebook about the pressures of being a young mother raising three children.
"Man life is full of surprises wish i could have the fun and positive surprises cuz right now i need some good luck my world is just all (expletive) up," Page wrote at 2:08 a.m. on March 20, 2011. "u can only live 1 life y mine have to be so hurtfull (sic) man."
Page's two older children were taken into protective custody.
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