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11-year-old New Jersey girl reported missing is found dead

Posted July 13

— An 11-year-old girl reported missing was found dead near her apartment complex Thursday, and police are investigating it as a homicide.

Abbiegail Smith's body was found at around 10:45 a.m. near the apartment building where she lived in Keansburg, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.

"We were really hopeful that we would find her," Gramiccioni said at a news conference. "It's a punch in the gut for all of us in this community, especially with law enforcement."

Abbie was last seen in her apartment around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and reported missing by her mother about an hour later.

Police posted a flyer with information about the girl on Thursday morning, a few hours before her body was found.

There was no immediate information available about suspects and the investigation was ongoing.

"Nobody should sit still until we figure out who did this to this 11-year-old," Gramiccioni said. "It appears to be an intentional death and it's being investigated as a homicide case."


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