Police: Found Body Likely Missing NJ Girl

Autumn Pasquale has not been seen since last Saturday afternoon

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 23, 2012 11:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A body found in a recycling container has been preliminarily identified as that of a missing 12-year-old New Jersey girl, officials said today. The body found last night is believed to be that of Autumn Pasquale, who was last seen Saturday afternoon at her father's home. Officials did not say exactly where the body was found. An autopsy to confirm the body's identity will be conducted today, officials said.

Investigators found the body shortly after an emotional candlelight vigil was held for the girl in her hometown; she had been the subject of a massive search over the last two days. "This is a very sad day for the Pasquale family," the Gloucester County prosecutor said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the family and to all the residents of Clayton who stood together in support of this young girl."

In this undated photo released by the Clayton, N.J. Police Department missing Autumn Pasquale, 12, of Clayton, N.J. is shown Authorities say Autumn Pasquale was last seen on her white bicycle on West High Street in Clayton at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Her family...
In this undated photo released by the Clayton, N.J. Police Department missing Autumn Pasquale, 12, of Clayton, N.J. is shown Authorities say Autumn Pasquale was last seen on her white bicycle on West...   ((AP Photo/Clayton, N.J. Police Department))
Clayton resident Brian Bicking hands out flyers to passing motrists with the information of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale who went missing, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J.  Hundreds of volunteers are helping look for the missing girl.
Clayton resident Brian Bicking hands out flyers to passing motrists with the information of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale who went missing, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J. Hundreds of volunteers...   (DOUGLAS BOVITT)
In this undated photo released by the Clayton, N.J. Police Department shows a missing persons flier with a photo of missing Autumn Pasquale, 12, of Clayton, N.J. Authorities say Autumn Pasquale was last seen on her white bicycle on West High Street in Clayton at 12:30 p....
In this undated photo released by the Clayton, N.J. Police Department shows a missing persons flier with a photo of missing Autumn Pasquale, 12, of Clayton, N.J. Authorities say Autumn Pasquale was last...   ((AP Photo/Clayton, N.J. Police Department))
Clayton resident Brian Bicking hands out flyers to passing motrists with the information of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale who went missing, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J.  Hundreds of volunteers are helping look for the missing girl.
Clayton resident Brian Bicking hands out flyers to passing motrists with the information of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale who went missing, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J. Hundreds of volunteers...   (DOUGLAS BOVITT)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF CORNWELL - Jennifer Cornwell watches as Gloucester County Proescutor Sean Dalton speaks about the search for Cornwall's missing daughter, Autumn Pasquale, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J. Twelve-year-old Autumn Pasquale was last seen Saturday, Oct. 20.
CORRECTS SPELLING OF CORNWELL - Jennifer Cornwell watches as Gloucester County Proescutor Sean Dalton speaks about the search for Cornwall's missing daughter, Autumn Pasquale, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012...   (Geoff Mulvihill)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF CORNWELL - Jennifer Cornwell and Anthony Pasquale watch as Gloucester County Proescutor Sean Dalton speaks about the search for their missing daughter, Autumn Pasquale, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J. Twelve-year-old Autumn Pasquale was last seen Saturday, Oct. 20.
CORRECTS SPELLING OF CORNWELL - Jennifer Cornwell and Anthony Pasquale watch as Gloucester County Proescutor Sean Dalton speaks about the search for their missing daughter, Autumn Pasquale, on Monday,...   (Geoff Mulvihill)
Volunteer searchers looking for a missing girl are reflected in the windows of a van with a flier about the disappearance on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J. Twelve-year-old Autumn Pasquale was last seen Saturday, Oct. 20.
Volunteer searchers looking for a missing girl are reflected in the windows of a van with a flier about the disappearance on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Clayton, N.J. Twelve-year-old Autumn Pasquale was...   (Geoff Mulvihill)
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