Cops Talk With Sex Offenders In Case Of Girl Found Dead In Landfill

Investigators have finished talking to all the registered sex offenders living within a 5-mile radius of Somer Thompson's house in Florida, though none of them is considered a suspect in the girl's death.

Clay County Sheriff's spokeswoman Mary Justino also said Friday that no witnesses have come forward to say they saw the 7-year-old attacked or abducted.

Somer's body was found Wednesday by investigators sorting through tons of garbage in a Georgia landfill.

She vanished while walking home from her Orange Park school on Monday. Justino says investigators are collecting evidence from a vacant home along that road because the girl was last seen in front of it.

An autopsy has been completed, but authorities won't disclose their findings.

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A North Carolina relative of a missing girl found dead in Georgia landfill says the family is "torn up" about the confirmation of her identity.

Authorities this morning tentatively identified the body found in a landfill as that of 7-year-old Somer Thompson, a north Florida girl who disappeared on her walk home from school.

An aunt, 43-year-old Laura Holt of Graham, said this morning the child's father and other family members are upset. The girl's father, Sam Thompson, also lives in Graham but Holt says he left the house to avoid reporters.

She hopes authorities will find her niece's killer.

Holt says the killer doesn't deserve to live. She says she doesn't understand how someone could kill a child and dump her body like a piece of trash.

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  • by Rae Location: Jacksonville on Oct 26, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    To: Anonymous: What I said wasn't meant to be funny. This is no laughing matter. Her killer won't be found for awhile or unless they can get a good psychic to help them out before he strikes again, somewhere else.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    To Sally. I thought the same thing! That struck me as soon as he said it so Im sure he has heard about it. Hey Rae? WHAT THE?! Are you serious? That is not funny. I felt the mother was a bit odd to. Seemed to be playing to the cameras, but shock can make you act weird. I have always had that fear and I NEVER allow my kids to go anywhere by themselves. Yeah, overprotective but its hard for someone to steal my child when I am with them full time. To all you lackey parents, take note - those freaks are getting more and more apparent and brazen. Stop letting your kids wander the neighborhood and walk home and stay home alone.
  • by sally Location: greenville nc on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Why did the authorities contact this family via phone of the terrible news regarding their daughter? Do they have no sensitivity? They should have come in person with counselers ready to help in any small way. May God bless this family.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    This stinks. I believe a thorough look at the "trash guys" in the area is in order. Someone knew where this trash would be un-loaded and figured no one would look there. Someone familiar with the routine would be my prime suspect. My second area of interest would be next of kin, especially someone paying child support. I hope this is not the case but it has happened before. My prayers are with the family. They have suffered a great loss. May God touch them and give them peace.
  • by Rae Location: Jacksonville on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    My insight tells me it was 1 white man in his late 20's early 30's, not a big or tall man but his stomach is swelled some. He wears a cap half the time; brown hair. He watched the children and just happened across the young girl that day. He was nice to her at first and told her he would take her home. He might've given her candy or told her he had something she would like in his dark-colored vehicle. She believed him and got in thinking he would take her home. But he never did. He also watches what he's done on TV and only buys the paper to read the articles about what happened, but he doesn't usually buy the newspaper. This isn't his first time. This has happened before and in another state. That's my ESP kicking in again. We'll see when he's caught.
  • by Believe Location: Washington NC on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    Rest in peace little angel. For you have now met your wonderful Savior. I pray this family will find comfort in the Lord for their tremendous loss. People, please be aware that there are MONSTERS out there. Watch your children! This could happen to anyone, anywhere!
  • by Disgusted Location: Kinston on Oct 23, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    May God bless and comfort the family during this tragic loss of this litle one. And Jesus said "Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." When this demon from hell is finally caught and executed, his eternity will indeed be spent in the depths of hell. This is why those in law enforcement face burnout long before they reach retirement. Why don't all you pedophiles and child molesters just do the decent people of the world a favor and go suck on Smith & Wesson.
  • by Isa Location: CA on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    While I agree that this is a horrific event, I want to comment on the post about the adult should be the one watching out. True enough the fault lies with the awful person who has done this. There is however, nothing whatsoever wrong with the parent saying WATCH OUT to that little girl who ran in front of you. My mother taught me to watch out for cars, strangers, & other dangers - that there is such a thing as healthy fear. I too was approached once by someone in a car when I was walking my school route (in the 70s, in an L.A. county small city), & knew immediately not to interact but to cross the street & walk away. While we're so worried about teaching our children to love and trust for the ideal of a better tomorrow, maybe we should remember to also teach them that not everyone CAN be trusted and stop trying to give them a Utopian view of the world around us. Today, it simply doesnt matter if you live in a small town or a big city. Learn to be safe. Teach your little ones the same.
  • by KMJ Location: Lenoir Co on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    No words can express how I feel for the family. I have a daughter 5 and a son 9 months and I cannot even imagine. I hope they catch this monster! This is why we have the death penalty.
  • by Chris Location: Greenvile on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    What kind of sick A-- H--E could do this to a child? Trust me when I tell you. I hope you got off real good on whatever trip you where on, cause you will burn in hell for this one.
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