Body Found Could Be Missing Two Year Old Girl

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Body Found Could Be Missing Two Year Old Girl

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM EDT

OHSWEKEN (SIX NATIONS TERRITORY), ONTARIO (WKBW) - A body of a young child is discovered on a Native Reserve outside Hamilton where police were looking for the remains of a missing Fort Erie girl.

Niagara Regional Police say they believe the body to be that of two year old Marissa Whalen, missing since July. Police are waiting for the results of forensic tests to come back before they can confirm the identity.

Police have arrested three people for the death of Whalen, including the girl's mother Roseanne. She's charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Death, Accessory After the Fact to Murder and Indignity to Human Remains.

Officials also arrested a second suspect, Rainbow Hill, 28, of Fort Erie, who police say is an acquaintance of Rosanne Whalen. Hill is charged with Second Degree Murder.

A third suspect, Amanda Dipota, 30, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact to Murder and Indignity to Human Remains. Dipota is the sister of Rainbow Hill.

The investigation started after Marissa Whalen was reported missing on October 8th, three months after she was last seen at her home.