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GBI: Body found in search for missing Ga. girl
GBI spokesman: Authorities searching for missing Ga. girl find body in nearby trash container
By The Associated Press

CANTON, Ga. (AP) ' Authorities searching for a missing Georgia girl say they have found a body in a nearby trash container.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said Monday that "everything points to it being" 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera of Canton. Bankhead said officials were awaiting results of an autopsy to confirm the identity and a cause of death.

Bankhead told The Associated Press the body had been severely beaten and appeared to have been sexually assaulted. He said the girl's mother had been notified.

Rivera was last seen Friday near a playground at her apartment complex in Canton, north of Atlanta.

Searchers had been combing nearby apartment buildings and surrounding woods. Officers were also checking with sex offenders in the area.

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