December 6th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

7-year-old Georgia girl died of head trauma, stabbing, investigators say

A 7-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin outside her Georgia apartment building died of blunt force trauma to the head, was stabbed and had been sexually assaulted, authorities said Tuesday.

The killer probably lives in the apartment complex where the child lived or had ready access to it, said Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"We have multiple leads we feel are valuable and we're going to carry those out," he said.

Sixty-five state and federal investigators are trying to piece together the events that led to the killing of Jorelys Rivera at an apartment complex in Canton, about 40 miles north of Atlanta, where the girl was found three days after she went missing.

Keenan said investigators uncovered what they believe is blood in a vacant apartment unit. They do not currently have any suspects in custody, he said.

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  1. Chelsea

    Wow, i thought this blog site was for grown ups, looks like a bad version of sesame street!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Star gazzer

    Bunch of two faces all about a little girl, and what do you people do you talk such garbage on this blog its sad to see that people have sunk to such depths. This is disgusting!

    December 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    For Gods sake people respect this poor little girl. I feel for her family.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    @ CNN, kind of hard not to feed the trolls when the comments stay up there for about an hour. I would think extra vigilance would be warranted for a story of this nature. The girl's family may be reading these comments.

    Would you like me to have someone in our company's IT contact yours for assistance in this?

    December 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    not me @ 3:28 damn this is gettin tedious! @ nicole saidi, cant you ban this idiot? Its gettin very stressful and disgusting!!

    December 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    You'll notice he has chosen THIS story to post his filth. Maybe he identifies with the killer, regards him as a hero. If anyone knows this pathetic troll, sitting in his mom's dark basement, get him some help before he starts to emulate this behaviour. He obviously gets off on it.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sovereign Copyright

    CNN, this is disgusting.
    I know you have moderators on other blogs; it is high time you got one for this blog too, including a unique username assigned only to a valid e-mail addy.
    You will be losing people here very soon; people are getting tired of having their u/n's taken and filth posted using the stolen names.
    I, For one, wouldn't mind having to wait for my comments wait for moderation; I am sure no other legit posters would either.
    I am getting the feeling CNN tolerated this behavior for fudiciary reasons; it is becoming increasingly intolerable for the people it is happening to.
    I, for one, will be looking into the legal ramifications of such online harassment; there are measures that you, as a company, *could* take as responsible company should.
    If CNN does not want to take action to safeguard these people, perhaps the comments section should be done away with altogether.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      I've disabled new comments on this post due to a lack of civility in the discussion.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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