Search for toddlers called off after Mother and one daughter found murdered

LORANGER, LA – Authorities have concluded the search for two young girls abducted after their mother was found murdered, following the discovery of the 4-year-old’s body and the rescue of her 6-year-old sister, officials announced.

Callie Brunett, 35, had been missing since Tuesday and was found murdered in her bedroom early Thursday morning, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Daniel Edwards revealed during a press conference that her daughters, Jalie, 6, and Erin, 4, were initially unaccounted for.

Later that day, authorities discovered Erin’s body near the location where Jalie was found alive. Daniel Callihan was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, in connection to the abduction and murder. Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade described the situation as tragic, noting the emotional toll on both law enforcement and the community.

Jalie was found inside Callihan’s vehicle and was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Jackson Police Department are collaborating on the case.

Earlier, the Louisiana State Police had issued an Amber Alert for the girls, last seen at their home in Loranger. The incident stemmed from a domestic violence situation that escalated, leading to Brunett’s murder and the subsequent abduction of her daughters.

Authorities have not disclosed the specific manner of Callie Brunett’s death but indicated that the scene was extremely violent.