On the night in question, Matthew and Anderson were apparently up until 4:00 a.m. Court documents state that at around 2:30 a.m. Alayna’s mother carried her daughter to bed, after the little girl had dozed off on the couch. Kayla then reportedly wrapped her daughter up in a pink Frozen blanket.
However, at 8:30 a.m. the following morning, Matthew and Kayla noticed that Alayna and Anderson had disappeared, along with Matthew’s 2002 GMC Sierra and phone. Shortly afterwards they contacted the police, who decided to put out an Amber Alert after being unable to locate the missing girl.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the father of Anderson that same afternoon. He suspected that his son was involved in the incident, according to the court documents. Anderson had reportedly phoned him earlier that day, asking if he could visit a cabin that the family owned in Motley, around 90 minutes north of Watkins.