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By Kalhan Rosenblatt
A Milwaukee child has been found dead and wrapped in a blanket on the shoulder of a motorway in southern Minnesota after a day-long search, police said during a press conference Saturday .
Police believe the body found was the one for Noelani Robinson, 2, who went away on Monday. Officials said an autopsy would be performed to ultimately complete her identity and her way of dying.
The body was found after an off-duty employee at the Department of Public Works discovered something abnormal on the shoulder of a highway, Milwaukee Police Department Chief Alfonso Morales said Saturday.
When the police arrived, they found the child's body wrapped in a blanket.
"We will offer our condolences to Noelani's grandmother, Said Morales.
Dariaz Higgins, Noelani's father, was detained on Wednesday due to suspicion of murder charges. Higgins is accused of killing Noelani & # 39 ; 's mother, Sierra Robinson.
Morales said officers do not believe Noelani was killed within the last 24 hours and that she had been on the side of the road for "some time."
He added that the child's body was in a place that was consistent with where Higgins was before he was arrested. Morales said further charges against Higgins are pending.
CORRECTION (March 16, 2018, 2:08 pm ET): One former version of this article misstated where the body was found. It was found in Minnesota, not Milwaukee.