7 YEAR OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD. GIRL WAS BEAT AND RAPED, THEN THROWN IN THE DUMPSTER. SEX OFFENDER NEED TO BE SHOT!!!!!!!
- NEW: Authorities do not have a strong suspect at this point
- NEW: GBI Director Vernon Keenan calls the crime "horrendous"
- Officials find the girl's body in a trash bin after expanding the search area
- The FBI joined local officials in the expanded search for the missing 7-year-old on Monday
Atlanta (CNN) -- Police have found the body of a
7-year-old Georgia girl who went missing more than two days ago, the
state's chief law enforcement official said Monday.
Police believe Jorelys Rivera was abducted, sexually assaulted and
murdered at her apartment complex in Canton, about 40 miles north of
Atlanta, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Director Vernon
"This is going to be a very, very horrendous crime. I am convinced of
that after having observed the body. A child death is always a terrible
thing, but a child who dies under extreme violence is the absolute
worst thing," he told reporters.
An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death, Keenan said.
The girl was last seen Friday near a playground at her apartment.
Police initially thought she might have wandered off, but after more
than 48 hours of searching, they said they believed the girl was
Canton police, assisted by the FBI and the GBI, expanded the search
area Monday and began canvassing for sex offenders living nearby. They
are now asking for help to find out who killed the little girl. Her body
was found in a dumpster at the apartment complex where she lived.
"We need help from the public," said Police Chief Jeff Lance. As of
Monday afternoon, Keenan said, investigators were actively pursuing
leads, but police had no one in custody and no suspects.
"Quite frankly, at this point we do not have a strong suspect. We've
not focused in on anyone. We very much need information from the public
who may know something about the abduction of this child," said Keenan.
Earlier Monday, as volunteers and police handed out fliers with
information and a picture of the missing child, her mother spent the
morning in court trying to regain custody of her other children, who
were taken by the Department of Family and Children's Services for
alleged lack of supervision.
The girl's parents are not suspects, Keenan said.
Joselin Rivera had spoken with local media just hours after her young
daughter went missing Friday, saying she just wanted her returned
safely. "I want her to come home so bad," Rivera told a reporter with
CNN affiliate WSB. "I pray to God that somebody has her and will let her
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