WOFFORD HEIGHTS - A father fears human remains found in Wofford Heights may belong to his missing daughter. Brandi Tanner disappeared two weeks ago, leaving behind two young daughters.
17 News has learned Tanner's live-in boyfriend is in jail. He was booked Friday on four felony counts alleging attempted murder and child cruelty.
Tanner was reported missing last week. Sheriff's deputies thought she might be with friends in Ridgecrest. But, now her father fears the worst after human remains were found near his home.
"I was hoping it wasn't my daughter. I wouldn't want it to be anybody else's daughter either," said Dan Tanner.
Dan Tanner has been desperately searching for his daughter, since she vanished. 22-year-old Brandi Tanner was last seen July 7th. Her father said his daughter left the house after she got into a fight with her brother.
"She just said that she was going to go for a walk and clear her head and just disappeared," said Tanner.
Tanner described the hours and days that followed. "Pure hell. Worse than any war zone, just pure hell," he said.
Search and rescue crews didn't find anything Saturday in Wofford Heights. But, a neighbor found the decomposed remains of a woman Sunday just a half mile away from Tanner's home.
"It's been 15 days or 16 days and no word or nothing. I know my daughter. She wouldn't go 16 hours without contacting her kids and letting them know she's okay," explained Tanner.
That's why he's so worried. His daughter has two young girls, ages two and three.
"She's not the type of mother that would just abandon her children," he said.
Tanner said only one person can explain his daughter's disappearance. That's David Lofty, her live-in-boyfriend, a man with 38 court cases to his name.
38-year-old Lofty was booked into jail Friday on four felony counts alleging attempted murder and child cruelty. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday on separate charges that he beat Brandi Tanner, causing great bodily injury.
"He beat my daughter bad. I mean he beat her down," said Tanner. "We all think it's retaliatory murder, drug deal, because she got hooked up with a bad guy."
Investigators won't say if the remains they found are Brandi's. So, they won't comment on whether Lofty is considered a suspect in her disappearance.
When 17 News asked to interview Lofty in jail, the Sheriff's Department said we couldn't because the coroner hasn't identified the remains.