Authorities ID body in house as 9-year-old girl |

Authorities ID body in house as 9-year-old girl

MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) – Investigators are looking for the couple who had custody of a girl whose body has been found in a vacant home near Colorado Springs.

The El Paso County sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday that the remains found inside a crawl space at the home in Monument were that of 9-year-old Genesis Sims. Her father, Hanif Sims, and his girlfriend, Monique Lynch once rented the home.

Authorities have said that Genesis wasn’t with the couple when they arrived at a Los Angeles homeless shelter in March 2009 after moving from the house.

A couple claiming to be Hanif Sims and Monique Lynch called KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs Monday. They said they found Genesis dead in the bathroom and hid her body after having a ceremony with prayers and flowers.

Information from: KRDO-TV,