Officials say 39 missing girls match description of child’s body found in river, still unidentified

The body of a girl found in a Covington, Georgia, river on Saturday matches the description of 39 missing girls in Georgia, officials say.

NBC’s 11Alive reports that the Georgia Center for Missing and Exploited Children announced that the body matches 39 missing girls currently in its database after a fisherman spotted the body of a young girl in the Yellow River on Saturday afternoon.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently working to identify the young girl and the cause of death. She’s said to be a biracial or black female between the ages of 12 and 17. She had no scars, tattoos, or other identifying marks.

“I thought maybe it’s a deer, but then I saw a heel so I thought maybe it’s a mannequin,” fisherman Ellis Campbell told FOX5. “But when I got really close, I knew it wasn’t a mannequin. It’s heartbreaking, but I guess I was meant to be there because with all the rain who knows where it would have ended up.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 678-898-0658 or 678-898-0506.

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