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Investigators continue to search for missing girl’s remains 18 years after her disappearance

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Less than a month after a man was arrested for the disappearance of a girl, investigators are still searching for her remains.

Investigators say 56-year-old Anthony Joseph Palma is responsible for the 1997 disappearance of Kirsten Hatfield. 

Kirsten was 8-years-old when she disappeared from her home at 1108 Jet Drive in Midwest City in the middle of the night.

Kirsten Hatfield

Kirsten Hatfield

According to court documents, detectives believe Palma targeted Kirsten for sexual assault.

Palma was reportedly arrested on Oct. 12, 2015 at his home, only two doors down from the Hatfield’s home.

Palma is facing charges for first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Several agencies, including the OSBI and the Midwest City Police Department, have been tirelessly searching Palma’s property for Hatfield’s remains.

Authorities searched through the inside of his home, underneath the house and across the yard. In fact, investigators also had to remove a concrete floor in the garage.

However, no human remains were found.

“We have maintained integrity of Palma’s house since his arrest. After multiple days of tiresome searching and difficult manual labor, we are sad to announce we did not find Kirsten Hatfield’s remains, however, it does not discourage us as we continue our investigation,” Chief Brandon Clabes, with the Midwest City Police Department, said.