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Oct 22, 2009 9:40 AM by Associated Press

Sheriff: Landfill body appears to be Florida girl

Authorities say a child's body found in a Georgia landfill has been tentatively identified as that of a missing Florida girl.

Sheriff Rick Beseler says the identification was based on clothing on the body and a birthmark that matched the missing seven-year-old's. Somer Thompson vanished Monday on her way home from school after walking on ahead of her sister and other schoolmates.

The partially covered body of the child was found in a landfill near the Florida state line, after investigators followed garbage trucks leaving the Jacksonville suburb where Somer disappeared. The sheriff says he still fears for the community until a suspect is apprehended.

He wouldn't talk about what evidence has been recovered, or whether investigators think the crime was committed by one or more people.

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