Official quoted as saying young girl's body has been found. Autumn Pasquale, 12, went missing after going out for a bike ride near a county park in Southern New Jersey.
The body of a female was found in a recycling container has been found and preliminarily identified as the missing Gloucester County child, Bernie Weisenfield tells the Associated Press. The County Prosecutor's spokesman would not elaborate on where the body was found but did say that the Pasquale family has been notified. The body was discovered Monday October 22nd at 10 P.M. a full 48 hours since the child went missing.
Saturday 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale got on her BMX bike and went for a ride in the area of Gloucester County's 1,000 acres Scotland Run Park at around 1:30 P.M. According to 6 ABC the young girl was last heard from in a text message fifteen minutes later after leaving her father's home, however when she did not show up to a friend's house later that night something appeared to be wrong.
"It's not like her," her father Tony Pasquale is quoted as saying by the Huffington Post "She would have been home 11 o'clock this morning if she slept over a friend's house."
Autumn's father contacted the Clayton Borough Police at 9:30 P.M. on Saturday night who initially handled the call as a runaway case.
CBS News reported that the 12-year-old's mother was unsure as to where she was going or even who she was going to see.
"When you wake up in the morning and your daughter's still not home, it's time to panic," Jean Cornwall, Autumns mother told KYW 3 "I don't know who she was supposed to meet up with. She just left and said she was meeting a friend."
The search had brought in the FBI as well as Gloucester County's Child Abduction Response Team of K-9 search teams as well as the New Jersey State Police which has sent a helicopter to search the area Autumn Pasquale was last seen in. However, Tony Pasquale had expressed frustration at the way the case was handled from the start, "The police expressed runaway," he said. "I totally disagree with that, because it's not her at all. She's responsible, respectful. She's a good girl."
A Facebook page which apparently belongs to the 12-year-old girl states that she is in a relationship. Autumn, who will be 13-years-old next week, also goes on to state on her page that she didn't like 'fake people' going on to name another girl in the statement. She went on to say "I don't like getting in fights but i will, (name omitted) knows well, I like to chill and ride my bike."
The family offered up $5,000 for Autumn's safe return with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office also matching with an additional $5,000, as well the family had set up a Facebook page to assist in finding the preteen according to the Gloucester County Times.
According to statistics online there are sixty-five registered sex offenders in the Gloucester County area.