HARVEY, LA – The body of a missing six-year-old girl has been found in a dumpster in the apartment complex where she lived.
The parents of Ahlittia North reported her missing after her stepfather woke up Saturday morning to find her missing, along with a queen-sized blanket, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
On Monday, police said they had a person of interest in North’s disappearance – the 20-year-old nephew of North’s stepfather. Matthew Flugence lived on the same block and has an outstanding warrant against him for an alleged sexual battery of an 11-year-old. According to JPSO Col. John Fortunato, police have been unable to locate him.
North’s body was found early this morning, inside a dumpster near the end of the apartment complex where she lived. The dumpster was removed at around 5 a.m., and FBI agents showed up a couple of hours later to help deputies with the case and to question other residents.
Fortunato said that the weekend search included garbage bins near the residence, including sifting through garbage collected from several cans and dumpsters. There’s been no official report that investigators had previously searched the dumpster where Ahlittia was found, but North’s stepfather said he was told that whoever had her “must have brought her back there.”
JPSO announced they will be holding a press conference at 3 p.m. today and will not be releasing any further information until then.
This reminds me of the case in Georgia a couple years back, where 20-year-old Ryan Brunn was accused of abducting 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera at an apartment complex. Rivera was sexually assaulted before her dead body was also found inside a dumpster at the apartment complex.