December 5th, 2011
02:26 PM ET

Georgia police find body of 7-year-old missing girl

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 and killed at her apartment in Canton, about 40 miles north of Atlanta, said Georgia Bureau of Investigations director Vernon Keenan.

"A 7-year-old child was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered," Keenan said.

The girl was last seen Friday near a playground at her apartment. Police initially thought she might have wandered off and began investigating it as a missing-person case. But after more than 48 hours of searching, police said they believed the girl was kidnapped.

Canton police, assisted by the FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 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.

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  1. spade

    Someone has to pay for this

    December 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anonomous


    December 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greer

    I'd start by looking closer to home first. Yes, these things do happen at random, but there's *someone* who knew that the girl wasn't supervised regularly.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pearl

    Rest in peace darling

    Pretty flowers


    December 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pearl

    awww, I just saw a huge spider out side my window swinging back and forth like 'Charkitte's Web', Hmmm wonder if that was the little girls favorite story ? 🙁

    December 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pearl

    oooo, I'm way too tired, sorry meant 'charlotte's'

    December 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sovereign Copyright

    This poor baby.
    Rest in peace, little one.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gloria

    Thanks pearl for clearing that up! i thought it was a racial slur 🙁

    December 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fenibo

    Can this happen in the west? This is animality.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. angry

    this has to stop no matter wat we gotta get out an participate wit these kids cuz their could be some sick pevert just waitin for someone to slip an its sad that people have minds like least let em live no parent should ever have to bury their kids especially to some like this...sickens me

    December 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This made me angry the moment I saw the headline.
    Still, people will argue that the death penalty is wrong in a case line this.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat ( in a hat )

    How can anybody, I mean anbody be this sick ? This was a seven year old child. How can a person in anyway become aroused by a seven year old child ? Like Joey said, this call's for the death penalty. Better yet the death penalty at the hands of the public. Something very slow and very, very painful.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rooney

    That's just awful. I hope whoever commited this heinous crime is caught. Condolence to the family of the poor little girl.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. heather

    At her apt? I am confused. But they didn't find her at her apt. Or did they?

    December 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Hi jif and bobcat hey bobcat might want to take a sit so you dont fall down, but we all three and even though she hasnt posted yet shell be with us banasy we all in agreement on this one

    December 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
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