Police in Texas believe they have found the body of a 10-year-old girl, four days after she vanished from a church and sparked a nationwide Amber Alert.
Cops fear the remains of Kayla Gomez-Orozco have been discovered in a well Bullard, two miles away from where she went missing, following a tip, KSLA reported.
The youngster was last seen on Tuesday at the Bullard First Assembly Church where she was attending a prayer service with her family.
Authorities initially believed she may have been snatched by a stranger.
But on Saturday night, KHOU reported that her uncle was being questioned in relation to her death.
It is not known why he is being interviewed. Police have not made any arrests in connection to Kayla’s disappearance. Officers said she was in ‘grave danger’ when she first disappeared.
The sheriff’s department got a tip at about 6pm Saturday which led them to the body, Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell told the TV station.
Evidence has also been found at an Old Jackson Highway property, prompting police to apply for a search warrant, according to KSLA. Campbell has said: ‘The family seems to be a very good, hard-working, religious family with no problems.’
On a Facebook page, Help Find Kayla Gomez, supporters confirmed their fears.
A post on the page read: ‘There is confirmation that Kayla has been found deceased.
‘However, please remember that there is a family involved, and respecting this family who is in more pain than you imagine needs considered first and foremost. Thank you for your respect of the family at this time.
‘Please focus your efforts on prayer and comfort for this family at this time.’
Campbell described Kayla as a ‘sweet little girl, just as cute as she could be’.
When she first went missing, he said they had no idea why she would have been abducted.
Kayla, who has black hair and brown eyes, was wearing a black t-shirt and a peach-colored skirt when she was last seen on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday night people conducted a vigil outside the city hall in Bullard.
Bullard City Manager Jay Abercrombie said: ‘(There are) a lot of mixed emotions for a small community like ours. Shock is one of the main things.’