The body of a Florida girl who’d been missing since last Wednesday was found Monday in a nearby creek — and police are questioning persons of interest in her homicide.
On Wednesday afternoon, 12-year-old Naomi Jones was seen walking away from her house in Pensacola, Florida. She was wearing a red spaghetti-strap shirt, with American flag shorts. She had left her cell phone at home.
She was never seen alive again.
For five days, the community searched for the outgoing girl who had recently finished elementary school. Hundreds of people signed up for an unsuccessful search of the woods near her home. At the time, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan stressed that the first 72 hours were critical if they hoped to recover her alive.
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But all hopes for a happy ending were dashed on Monday afternoon when two fishermen found the girl’s body floating in a creek. Cops believe that her death is a homicide, and are awaiting the results of an autopsy.
A police spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE that cops have questioned two persons of interest in the case, but police have declined to identify them.
Sheriff Morgan told the Pensacola News Journal that authorities “have reason to believe the people of interest being pursued could be involved not only in Naomi’s disappearance but also in her murder.”
No charges have yet been filed. Police are continuing to investigate the case.