The Clay County Florida Sheriff confirms the body found in the landfill is the missing 7 year-old girl, Somer Thompson. Read more on Somer Thompson’s disappearance and murder below.
Somer Thompson’s body was found in a Georgia landfill about an hour from the Jacksonville area she had been missing from since Monday afternoon.
Somer Thompson vanished on her mile-long walk home from school on Monday. Somer was reportedly walking with a group of children, including her older sister. Somer was arguing with another child and her sister said to stop. This upset Somer and she walked ahead of the rest of the kids. Once the children made it home they realized that Somer was no where to be found.
They started looking for her and then contacted her family and later police.
The body found in the landfill is believed to be Somer’s based on the clothing and a birthmark on her leg that matched the body found.
The sheriff had to tell Somer’s mother on Wednesday night, and of course she is devastated.
“It was the hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make in my life, and I hope I never have to make another one like that,” Beseler said at a Thursday morning news conference.
Authorities will work to pinpoint where the garbage load that contained the girl’s body came from, Beseler said. The garbage that was brought into that part of the landfill was collected in the Orange Park area, Beseler had said Wednesday, noting that authorities routinely search garbage when a missing person case has been initiated.
“There is a child killer on the loose,” the sheriff said. “I fear for our community until we bring this person in.”
Rewards totaling $30,000 have been offered information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Somer’s killing. Sad news…
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