Police: Missing Girl Found Dead

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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At 8:15 Thursday night, 911 dispatchers received a call that a 1-year-old girl had disappeared in Grove Park. The young girl's father called the child's mother when he couldn't find her, asking her to call police.

"He called the child's mother and mom called the police. He never made contact with police," said Lt. Ken Landwehr.

Police responded to the area around Grove Park. After a quick search turned up nothing, they said they knew something wasn't adding up and began questioning the story's validity.

"Based on the age of the child, it wasn't feasible. She couldn't have wandered this far," Lt. Landwehr said.

Police then shifted their focus and started treating the situation as a possible criminal case.

After searching the father's residence, police found the girl dead in the attic. It is believed that her death occurred between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

The child's father has been identified as a suspect. Police have issued an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Jonell K. Lloyd. Lloyd is already wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for aggravated battery. He lived in the house where the child was found with a woman and her four-month-old boy.

The four-month-old has been taken into protective custody.

Police say Lloyd has no vehicle and is believed to be in the area.

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