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March 19, 2005

Missing Florida Child Found Dead

Topics: National News

The police chief calls the suspect a "Piece Of Trash." From the images on television of his family, they all seem just a little bit on the trashy side, although I do hate to be judgmental - they could all be pillars of the community. But "allegedly," several have been arrested for their possible participation in covering up the crime.

HOMOSASSA, Fla. -- The news this small community always feared finally came Saturday: Police had found the body of 9-year-old Jessica Marie Lunsford, more than three weeks after she disappeared from her bedroom.

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said Jessica's body was found during an overnight search near a mobile home close to the house where she lived with her father and grandparents. A registered sex offender confessed Friday to the kidnapping and killing and told authorities where to look for the girl, Dawsy said.

Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford, visited the search scene shortly after sunrise. Later, he slowly walked up to a throng of reporters and cameras.

"Everyone heard me say, time after time, that she would be home," Lunsford said, his eyes hidden behind mirrored sunglasses. "She's home now."

Jessica's safe return had become a preoccupation in this rural town of about 2,500 people, hundreds of whom had volunteered to scour the county in search of her. Word of the body's discovery spread as the sun rose, and at the end of her street well-wishers began building a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers and teddy bears. 

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Posted by Hyscience at March 19, 2005 9:21 PM

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