DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A family member of a missing Detroit woman whose children can’t be found says he found a decomposed body on the city’s west side that’s believed to be her remains.

The body was found wrapped in blankets Monday night in the basement of a vacant home in the 6800 block of Penrod, near the Southfield Freeway and Warren Avenue.

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Michael Fields told reporters that he found the body while searching for Alicia Fox, his 26-year-old niece.

Fox was last seen May 24, along with her 6-month-old son and 6-year-old daughter, at her home on Ardmore Street, near 7 Mile Road and the Lodge Freeway. The children are still missing.

Fields said he came upon the body after family members got an anonymous tip that Fox might have been in the area. Authorities haven’t confirmed the body’s identity.

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The discovery came hours after Detroit police issued a missing persons alert for Fox and her children.

Police are still trying to locate Fox’s children, 6-year-old Kaylah Hunter, who is described as having black hair in corn rows, and 6-month-old Kristian Justice.

Police are also looking for 28-year-old Aaron Justice, the father of the baby boy. Investigators say the trio might be traveling in a burgundy Chevy Malibu with Michigan plate “CCR 1286.”

Anyone with information about the missing children is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-1240 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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