OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- An FBI agent said the mystery of two Oregon girls who disappeared from their apartment complex appeared to be solved after officials searching a neighbor's home identified the body of one girl and found a second set of remains.
Police said the unidentified second body was found in a barrel beneath a cement slab Ward Weaver poured after the disappearance of Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond, both 13.
"Obviously, this is a very sad conclusion to this investigation," said Charles Mathews, the FBI's special agent in charge in Oregon. "On the other hand, I think the case has been resolved."
Weaver has not been charged, but Mathews said Sunday that he is a suspect in the case. It was the first time any law enforcement official has identified him a suspect.
Weaver, 39, told reporters months ago he was a subject in the investigation but denied any involvement in the disappearance.
Agents discovered remains Saturday of one body stashed in a shed behind the house, and on Sunday said they belonged to Miranda. They did not identify the remains found Sunday.
Weaver agreed to the search because he wanted to "bring closure to the families," his attorney, Timothy Lyons, told The Oregonian. Lyons did not elaborate. Authorities have not said why Weaver needed to consent to the search since he already had been evicted from the house.
Weaver has been jailed since Aug. 13 when he was charged with raping his 19-year-old son's girlfriend. The angry and distraught son told 911 dispatchers on the night of the alleged rape that his father had confessed to killing Ashley and Miranda.
Weaver said Ashley was a friend of his daughter who frequently stayed overnight at their house. He said she had even lived at the home for several months last year while her own father was in jail on charges of abusing her.
Ashley's mother, Lori Pond, recently told to the Portland Tribune that Weaver's account of the relationship is a lie and that her daughter never ran away from home.
Her family last saw her on Jan. 9 eating breakfast with her younger sister before school. Miranda, a friend of Ashley's, disappeared March 8 from the same low-income neighborhood in the woods south of Portland.
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