A couple drove across state lines with their 8-year-old daughter’s body in a U-Haul trailer three months after the girl died because they “wanted to spend more time with her,” according to cops.
Mandie Miller, 33, and Aleksander Kurmoyarov, 28, were arrested in Mitchell, South Dakota on Wednesday after cops discovered they were towing the girl’s body from Washington State to the Pine Ridge Native American reservation in South Dakota, according to the Mitchell Police Department.
Miller told investigators that her adoptive daughter died on September 10, which contradicted Kurmoyarov’s account. He said the child died in Airway Heights, Washington shortly before Halloween, according to cops.
Kurmoyarov admitted that he and Miller did not seek medical attention for the girl or notify authorities when she died because they wanted to spend more time with her and were afraid of getting in trouble, according to police.
They never informed authorities in Washington or South Dakota about the 8-year-death. old’s Instead, Mitchell police learned of the bizarre and grim situation when the Davison County Coroner called Wednesday, saying the couple had contacted him.
Officers tracked the couple to a home in Mitchell, where they discovered a U-Haul containing a coffin containing the child’s body. The couple had been in the city for about two days and in South Dakota for four.
Miller and Kurmoyarov were charged with one count each of failing to notify law enforcement of a child’s death. They were arrested while police in both South Dakota and Washington investigated.