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Body believed to be of missing Illinois child found in Indiana retention pond

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 10:24 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Indiana State Police say they believe they found the body of a missing 1-year old Illinois girl in a retention pond near Interstate-80 in Hammond, Indiana.

Body believed to be missing 1-year old Illinois girl found in Indiana retention pond
Body believed to be missing 1-year old Illinois girl found in Indiana retention pond(Fort Wayne's NBC)

Police say they’re still waiting for official confirmation, but the girl is believed to be Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs. Earlier this week, Illinois police received a missing persons report on the child’s mother, 21-year old Janya Murphy.

They found her strangled to death inside her home, and they say there were signs that her 1-year old daughter had been abducted. Thursday, police said some construction workers near I-80 in Hammond, Indiana say they saw something floating in a pond near their worksite.

Investigators say a person of interest has been located in Missouri and is currently being questioned.

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