Investigators Find Child’s Body During Search for Missing 8-Year-Old Girl

Investigators searching for an 8-year-old California girl who has been missing for more than a month say they have found a child’s body in a San Joaquin Valley home.

Merced Police have not said if the child they found is Sophia Mason, who was last seen on February 10 in the Merced area, although KFSN reported that investigators said they were led to the home in the course of their investigation into Mason’s disappearance.

Police said they were contacted by the Hayward Police Department in the Bay Area earlier on Friday about the missing girl.

Hayward investigators said family members asked for a welfare check on Tuesday for Sophia and her mother, Samantha Johnson, saying they had not had contact since December.

Both police departments said that Johnson is currently in custody. KFSN said Friday that she was arrested Thursday night on several charges and gave inconsistent answers about the whereabouts of her daughter.

Jail records show that Johnson, 31, is being held in Alameda County on one count of obstructing a police officer and one count of corporal injury to a child with a $50,000 bail. She is scheduled for arraignment on March 15.

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[Featured image: Sophia Mason/Hayward Police Department]