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Body of missing 5 yr old girl found in vacant trailer

Updated: Thursday, July 17 2014, 08:58 PM CDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The body of a missing 5-year-old girl was
found Thursday in a vacant mobile home near her apartment, and her death
is being investigated as a homicide, Gulfport police said.

An autopsy was underway Thursday afternoon on the body of Janaya Makayia Thompson, the Harrison County Coroner's Office said.

"I won't release anything until I'm satisfied the family is aware of
what we found," Coroner Gary Hargrove told The Mississippi Press.

Police Chief Leonard Papania asked for patience earlier in the day,
when he said a girl's body had been found but not identified. "This is a
tragedy, not a story," he said.

After that news conference, Hargrove talked to the girl's father,
Jarmal Thompson, who listened quietly. Then family members gathered,
consoling him and sobbing, The Sun Herald reported. The Associated Press
could not reach Thompson for comment. An online telephone directory did
not have a listing for him.

The child had last been seen about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the parking lot outside her apartment.

Sgt. Damon McDaniel, the Gulfport Police spokesman, said the child's
body was found about 8:45 a.m. in the home about a five-minute walk from
the apartment. Police would not provide any information on a possible
cause of death.

A search dog helped locate the body, authorities said. Four dogs and
six people from Gulf Coast Search and Rescue helped with the search,
Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan told WLOX-TV. As many as 80
people waited outside the house trailer until a funeral home vehicle
left with her body, The Sun Herald reported. The body was moved behind
screens from the front door to the vehicle.

Body of missing 5 yr old girl found in vacant trailer

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