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. George Patton

    Let's all hope that they find the pervert responsable for this heinous act and put him away for the rest of his life. I just hope that some Tea Partying idiot doesn't post some senseless statement here trying to make a joke out what happened to that 7-year-old girl. I'd much rather have them continue trolling me as they do without fail on almost every post!

    December 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @ George Patton

    Agree. This is sickening.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Youre right about this being a heinous act george, but first they need to castrate the perp, without anesthetic! Maybe then he will feel a portion of what that poor child felt! As for ppl trolling you, if you toned down the insults they might stop! ~_*

    December 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    George knock it off with your political mumbo jumbo,theres a time and place for that and this is not it you fool. This is a time of mourning and showing respect for human life

    December 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And you have 2admit youve done your fair share of trolling! Many times ive agreed with things youve said up 2 the *tea partying slinging*. You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar my dear, so try a little kindness, you might like the response!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    good morning gung hoe! Arent u glad we got rid of your personal stalker?

    December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    @ gung hoe text banasy she will tell you all about it 🙂

    December 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jaded

    You foul mouthed bloggers should be ashamed of yourselves, disrespecting this article on this 7 yr old ANGEL. You me all of us who came here to comment and pay some respect to a child we may not have known, but can feel something becuase of our own children. Go back into the whole ya'll crawed out of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    ok nicole where are you now? these are NOT MY POSTS!! And how can someone get away with this name callin crap? I would much rather deal with george patton!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    Sad, this thread should be a memorial for a girl who was brutalized, but instead some sick freak is sitting in his mom's basement laughing about how he manages to get dirty words onto CNN.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ummmmm, no

    Ummmmm, no, the dude's name is Dusty.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ gung hoe its roadsniper calling u gay not his ex gf kelly, ask banasy

    December 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    not me @ l:2l, l:3l, l:34 and l:45! and youre being totally disrespectful not only to me but to this poor murdered child. GROW UP!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nsaidi

    Please do not feed the trolls! Thank you!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tcr c2

    Jaded is trolling from cottonwood cal

    December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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