KENNETT, Mo. – Police say they’ve found the remains of Breeann Rodriguez, the 3-year-old girl who went missing on August 6 while riding her bicycle in front of her house.
The remains were found Tuesday evening by an officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol, who was searching by boat. Her body was found near the floodway ditches northeast of Hornersville, Missouri, about 8 to 10 miles from the girl’s home.
Shortly after the discovery, Breeann’s parents were notified.
“We appreciate all the help and support from the community in what has been a difficult time for all,” Dunklin County Sheriff Bob said. “We are saddened to confirm our fears, but glad we have been able to recover her for her parents.”
One of Breeann’s neighbors, 43-year-old Shawn Morgan was arrested earlier this week and charged with the little girl’s murder.
He told police that he grabbed Breeann and took her in his house after finding her standing on a ladder by the pool in his backyard. According to the affidavit, the father of three then used a white plastic trash bag to suffocate the girl, by holding it over her face and mouth.
“Morgan states that he felt like it took an hour for the girl to die,” the document adds.
He then put the Breeann’s body into the same trash bag, drove to Missouri’s Highway 164 and threw the little girl’s body over a railing into a floodway ditch.
Morgan is being held in jail with no bond, charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.
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