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Missing 7 year old Florida child, Somer Thompson found dead

By KJ Mullins     Oct 22, 2009 in Crime
A young Florida girl missing since Monday afternoon has been found dead in a Georgia landfill. The child disappeared on her walk home from school Monday afternoon.
On Wednesday the body of a child was found near Folkston, Georgia in a landfill. A birthmark on young Somer's left shin identified that she was the victim.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Somer lived in Clay County, Florida. Since the child's disappearance massive searches had taken place in the city.
On Monday she and another child had a fight on the way home from school and she stormed off walking ahead of the others in her group. That was the last time the child was seen alive.
The case was cracked when one of the detectives, Bruce Owens suggested that investigators should be following the garbage trucks for evidence. For 48 miles the municipal garbage truck was followed to the landfill.
News 4 Jacksonville reports:
"I knew that Tuesday morning, trash was being collected," Detective Bruce Owens said. "I knew that if a truck was seen, it would probably be the best just to follow it ... so they could isolate it from the normal dump so they would have the opportunity to search."
Ten days prior to Somer's disappearance a kidnapping of a 5-year-old was attempted in the same area.
Investigators have questioned more than 70 sex offenders that reside in the area.
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