KEANSBURG, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for clues within the dying of an eleven-yr-previous woman in New Jersey whose physique was discovered close to her house a day after she was reported lacking.
A heartbroken group held a vigil Thursday night time for Abbiegail Smith in Keansburg.
“It’s scary, it’s scary and it’s unbelievable that it has occurred proper right here in our yard,” resident Eleanor Bullock stated.
Abbiegail was final seen in her residence on the Hancock flats round 7:forty five p.m. Wednesday and was reported lacking by her mom about an hour later, investigators stated.
Police would later discover her physique close to the condominium constructing Thursday morning.
“Within the again space of the house complicated behind me, the place she lives,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni stated.
Prosecutors have dominated her dying a murder.
“We have been actually hopeful that we might discover her,” Gramiccioni stated. “It’s a punch within the intestine for all of us on this group, particularly with regulation enforcement.”
Others who reside within the complicated say they might typically see Abbiegail enjoying outdoors, however by no means too removed from her house.
“She’d get drained and bored and run up and down the complete stairs,” neighbor Glen Argujil stated.
Investigators are rigorously looking the complicated and a close-by path for clues, bringing in bloodhounds as they attempt to zero in on a suspect.
Police say nobody in Abbiegail’s household is suspected within the crime, however her killer might have been somebody she knew.
“No one ought to sit nonetheless till we work out who did this to this eleven-yr-previous,” Gramiccioni stated. “It seems to be an intentional demise and it’s being investigated as a murder case.”
One neighbor, who requested to not be recognized, says empty models within the constructing are utilized by squatters.
“I do know there was a brand new random individual squatting within the flats,” the neighbor stated.
Till her killed is caught, many residents admit they’re nervous and apprehensive for his or her security.
“In worry, we don’t know who did this and I hope to God that they catch the one that did it,” stated resident Sabrina Bellotti.
Prosecutors are calling the woman’s demise an remoted crime.
“We have now no cause to consider that you simply or your baby must be apprehensive,” Gramiccioni stated.
Police say the medical expert will decide how Abbiegail died.