She Will Be Heard

Oct 21, 2009
Missing Child’s Body Recovered In Ga. Landfill
An “all-out search” for a missing Florida girl came to an abrupt halt when police announced the discovery of a young child’s body in a Georgia landfill on Oct. 21, 2009.

Based on a distinctive birthmark and a description of the child’s clothing, the body was identified as that of missing 7-year-old Somer Thompson.
Somer disappeared on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 while walking home from school.

Detectives followed garbage trucks from Somer’s neighborhood to the landfill, just over the Georgia border.

Cops say the body was in one of them.

An autopsy will be performed by the Georgia medical examiner, who was able to positively identify her through medical records.

Cops notified Somer’s mother of the discovery.

“Needless to say she was devastated. It was the hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make in my life, and I hope I never have to make another one like that,” Clay County, Fla. Sheriff Rick Beseler said.

Police said that finding the body so quickly increased the chances of finding the person responsible.

“There is a child killer on the loose and that’s why we’re gonna catch this person and bring them to justice,” Sheriff Beseler said. “I fear for our community until we bring this person in. This is a heinous crime that’s been committed and we are going to work as hard as we can to make this community safe.”

Hundreds of friends, family and supporters gathered around Somer’s mother, Diena Thompson as she grieved at a vigil on Wednesday night.

The crowd sang Somer’s favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine.”

“I love her and I’ll miss her and she’s a twin and I don’t know how it’s going to affect him, but I know how it’s affecting me,” Diena said.

All-Out Search For A Child Killer

Cops say Somer was last seen on the sidewalk in front of a vacant home where there was a house fire a few months ago.

The home at 1080 Gano Ave.in Orange Park, Fla. is only 500-600 yards from Grove Park Elementary where Somer was in the second grade.
The owners of the home, who no longer live there, gave permission for police to process the home as a crime scene using the FDLE crime lab.

The remaining five sex offenders, within a five-mile radius of the area where Somer disappeared, have now been questioned.

Police say they do not have a suspect at this time.

Detectives say they now know the cause of death in Somer’s murder, but are not announcing it, for fear of compromising the investigation.

The garbage truck that carried Somer’s body to the landfill has been identified, but police are still working to identify where that trash came from.

Funeral arrangements for the little girl have been made. A public viewing is planned for Monday night at 5 p.m. and a public funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The family has asked that the graveside service and burial be kept private.

There have been several offers made to the family to cover the funeral costs.

On Oct. 26, 2009, a week after Somer’s disappearance, police continue to search for her killer.

A task force of officers from the Sheriff’s Dept., USMS, FDLE, FBI and additional specialists are working around the clock and meet twice a day for briefings.

They have received more than 1400 tips and detectives immediately follow up on all workable leads.

They are re-interviewing and re-canvassing the area today.

Police have questioned numerous people, but no suspect has been named.

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