Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has preliminarily identified the
victim as Noelani Robinson, 2. The medical examiner determined the preliminary cause
and manner of death to be homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.
A passerby reported
seeing a blanket and possible remains in a ditch along Hwy. 218 about a mile north
of Blooming Prairie, Minn., on Friday, March 15, around 6 p.m. Law enforcement
from the Blooming Prairie Police Department and the Steele County Sheriff's Office
responding to the scene located the child’s body wrapped in a blanket. She appeared
to have been at that location for a number of days. The sheriff’s office
requested that BCA conduct the investigation.
and crime scene personnel responded to the scene in Steele County and worked
throughout the night to collect evidence. In addition, early this morning BCA
agents and crime scene personnel executed a search warrant at a hotel in
Austin, Minn., where it is believed Higgins stayed at one point during the past
and who killed Noelani Robinson will be determined during the course of the BCA’s
The BCA is
conducting the investigation in partnership with the Steele and Mower County
sheriff’s offices and the Austin, Blooming Prairie and Milwaukee police
This is an
active and ongoing investigation. When complete, the BCA will turn its findings
over to the appropriate county attorney for review.
Under Minnesota law, the BCA is prohibited from providing
details about an investigation while it is active.