By Calvin Palmer
The body of a child was found today in a Georgia landfill but investigators have not yet confirmed whether it is the body of a missing north Florida girl.
Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said: “We want to find who did this and bring them to justice.”
At first he said the body was female but then corrected himself and said he was unable to confirm the gender of the body.
Seven-year-old Somer Thompson went missing from Orange Park, a Clay County suburb of Jacksonville, on Monday. She vanished on her mile-long walk home from school.
She had been squabbling with another child and when her sister told to her stop, Somer walked ahead of the group and was not seen again.
Her parents — Diena Thompson and Sam Thompson, who lives in Graham, North Carolina — have been notified.
The body was found just north of the Florida state line at Folkston, Georgia, the terminus of a garbage route that collects refuse in Orange Park.
Beseler said it was a “matter of routine course” in a missing person case that police “begin following garbage trucks” and search nearby landfills.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping with the investigation and plans to conduct an autopsy on the body tomorrow in its Savannah office.