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11-Year-Old Abbiegail Smith Found Dead Hours After Being Reported Missing

This is so sad. 11-year-old Abbiegail Smith of Keansburg, N.J. was found dead Thursday after being reported missing the night before.

According to NY Daily News reports officials said Smith’s body was discovered around 10:45 am on Thursday “in the back area” of the Hancock Arms Apartments where she and her mother lived.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide, however, authorities do not believe any immediate family members were involved, according to officials.

A news conference was held where the local prosecutor assured parents that Smith’s death is an isolated incident:

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni called Smith’s death an “isolated crime” and urged area parents not to fear for their childrens’ safety.

“We have no reason to believe that you or your child should be worried,” he told a parent at a news conference, reported.

Abbiegail Smith was last seen around 7:45 pm Wednesday in her apartment and her mother called police to report her missing an hour later, police said.

Neighbors said the girl’s mother was strict and she wasn’t permitted to walk to the store by herself.

Abbiegail Smith was a student at Bolger Middle School.

“It is a very sad day for our school district. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Keansburg School community go out to the Smith family,” a news release read.

Superintendent John Niesz called Smith a “wonderful young girl who was a Titan through and through,” and added that she would be “greatly missed” by her friends and teachers.

This is just heartbreaking.



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