Florida police have connected the two children whose bodies were found in suitcases floating in a canal to the body of a woman that was found last summer in a landfill.
Delray, Fla., police said Friday evening that they had identified the two children as 10-year-old Jermaine McNeil and his 6-year-old sister Ju'tyra Allen.
The boy was identified by the medical examiner, and while the girl's identity was not confirmed by the ME, police said her features were similar to the boy's, Delray Police Department Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.
"This is our belief," Guerriero said. "However, the medical examiner wasn't able to confirm with scientific proof.
"The medical examiner has been able to positively identify the male child as 10-year-old Jermaine McNeal," she said. "He was identified through dental records."
Ever since the bodies of the two children were found Wednesday in the C-15 canal, police had been working to identify them and discover who their parents were.
Now police said they believe that a body discovered on Aug. 16 at the Solid Waste Authority processing plant in West Palm Beach was their mother, 25-year-old Felicia Brown, according to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV in Palm Beach.
Guerriero said the Delray Beach Police Department made the connection and that neither the medical examiner nor West Palm Beach police could confirm the identity of the woman.
Brown and her children had been living with a man named Clem Beauchamp, whom she had been dating since 2007, friends and relatives of the woman said.
Beauchamp, 34, is considered a suspect in the deaths but has not been charged, Guerriero said. She said he is being held on an unrelated weapons charge.
Kenneth Marshall, a neighbor of Brown and her children, told ABC affiliate WPLG in Miami that the woman had not been seen for about eight months. He said Beauchamp told anyone who asked about her that Brown had been arrested.
"He said she was in jail," Marshall said. "That's what he kept telling us, that she was in jail."
He described Beauchamp as "a very good father."
"I mean he threw the ball at his kids and did everything he had to do," Marshall said.
But he said the man had seemed to undergo a change recently.
"The last days that we saw him, he was very distraught," Marshall said. "He was going to the church and praying. He cut his hair."
Brown's grandmother, Barbara Flint, told ABC News affiliate WPLG that she confronted Beauchamp on Tuesday, the day before the bodies were found.
"He was here sitting on my sofa. I am asking him, 'Where are the children? Clem, tell me, where are my grandchildren?' And he knew all the time that he murdered them," Flint said.
"Two little innocent children," Flint said. "He could have brought them to me. I would have taken my grandchildren."
"She loved her kids," Brown's cousin Tanicsha Lowery told WPLG. "She never would have left her kids. She wouldn't."
Even before police identified the children and their mother, Brown's family members said they suspected the truth.
Margaret Gissome, Brown's sister, told ABCNews.com Friday she believed the missing woman was Brown and the dead children were her niece and nephew.
Gissome said police asked her to provide dental records for the children and pictures of her sister's tattoos.