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Body of Autumn Pasquale found in Clayton, NJ; Investigators vow to get justice
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/23/12 1:45 pm | updated: 10/23/12 1:45 pm
 
** BREAKING!! Arrests have been made in the homicide of Autumn Pasquale. Two teenage brothers, 15 and 17, have been arrested and charged with 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of the body, tampering with evidence, and theft. The younger brother is also charged with luring. The Gloucester County Coroner determined that Autumn died because of injuries w/ blunt force trauma consistent with strangulation. There were no signs of sexual assault. After seeing signs posted their mother contacted police because of postings on their Facebook account. They executed a search warrant on their house and found Autumns belongings in their house including her bicycle. As of this point in the investigation they are being treated as minors and their names will not be released.


Last night at around 10 pm, close to where the community held a candlelight vigil, a body of a girl was discovered inside a recycling container near the corner of Vine Street and Clayton Avenue in Clayton, NJ. The bins were all put out roadside for pickup today. This location is only about a half mile from the Pasquale home.

This morning the family confirmed that the body was in fact that of their daughter Autumn. An autopsy will be performed this afternoon. Later this morning a bicycle similar to the one she was last seen riding was also located at a home near where her body was discovered.

Gloucester County prosecutor Sean Dalton announced the news at a press conference Tuesday. “The search for Autumn is over, but the investigation to find out what happened to Autumn has begun.” He also vowed justice, “If it is determined someone is responsible for her death, they don’t deserve to be walking the streets. We will put them where they belong, behind bars."

Autumn Pasquale was last seen at her home on W. High Street around 12:30 pm Saturday riding her Odyssey BMX bike. She was headed towards a friend's house. Her last communication was a text message at 2:30 pm Saturday. She was reported missing at 9:30 Saturday night. Hundreds of family, friends, community members, and authorities began searching the surrounding areas of Clayton, NJ for the next two days. Bloodhounds searched the woods near Scotland Run Park on Sunday where she may have been seen. They also searched the area near where her last cell phone location was in Williamstown before it was turned off or ran out of battery.

The FBI joined the search effort, as well as numerous local and state agencies. The Gloucester County's Procecuter's office had coordinated a Child Abduction Response Team. They conducted over 75 interviews with friends, relatives, and anyone who may have seen Autumn. Authorities also canvased registered sex offenders in the surrounding areas. They've begun looking through available surveillance footage from the town's residences and businesses. All of this leg work will now be used going forward in to the criminal investigation involving the FBI, New Jersey State Police and Gloucester County District Attorney.

They do not currently have any suspects or persons of interest.

Grief counselors will be available at Autumn’s middle school throughout this week to assist grieving classmates and staff.

A prayer service and vigil will be held Tuesday night at the Baptist Church on Delsea Drive at 9 p.m.

UPDATE 10/24 10pm: Autumn's family says a public viewing will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Glassboro. A funeral Mass at the church will follow at 2 p.m., and burial will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Clayton.


A Find Autumn Pasquale Facebook page has been setup at https://www.facebook.com/FindAutumn. And a Twitter hashtag is being used to connect messages: #helpfindautumn

 
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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/23 1:45 pm
 

 

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