Missing Girl Found Dead

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 3:49pm

Girl's body found just hours disappearance; suspect in custody.

Police in Souderton, Pennsylvania have arrested a suspect in the death of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared near her home Monday afternoon.

"What a horrible tragedy," said Souderton Police Chief James P. Leary. "What a terrible waste of a darling little girl's life."

The body of Skylar Kauffman was found around midnight Tuesday, just three-and-a half hours after Kauffman's parents reported her missing.

Police reportedly followed a trail of the girl's bloody clothes and found her body wrapped in a blanket and placed in the dumpster of the apartment building.

Police say the girl appeared to be strangled and possibly sexually assaulted.

Skylar was last seen in that area around 5:30 Monday evening playing with friends.

Police took a suspect into custody.

Authorities say that he's a 40 year-old male who was a neighbor of the girl though they don't believe that the two knew each other.

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