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Brothers Charged in Killing of 12 Year Old

Investigators arrived early on Tuesday at the location where the trash bin had been found with the girl’s body inside

October 24, 2012 – Two brothers, who are just 15 and 17, were charged with the brutal murder of a 12-year-old girl from New Jersey. The girl had been missing and was found stuffed into a recycling bin, said Sean Dalton the prosecutor for Gloucester County.

Autumn Pasquale was lured by the boys to their home, where authorities found her belongings, said Dalton, and it appears she died from being strangled. No signs of sexual assault were found.

The mother of the two boys played a part in solving the case. She came forward to authorities with information about her son’s posting on his Facebook account, which led authorities to the two boys.

The girl’s body was found by police late Monday night in a trash bin only blocks from where she lived and close to Borough Hall, where a candlelight vigil has been held earlier Monday evening to pray for the girl’s safe return.

Paul Spadofora, an uncle of the girl, was among other relatives at a news conference. He thanked the entire community for helping to search for his niece. The girl’s parents were not at the press conference.

Investigators arrived early on Tuesday at the location where the trash bin had been found with the girl’s body inside. Trash day in the community was on Tuesday and many people had their trash bins in the street late Monday to be picked up by the automated truck.

The block where the trash bin was recovered was blocked off by police.

The 12-year old had last been seen around midday on Saturday riding her BMX bicycle away from her home where she had lived with two siblings, her father, her father’s girlfriend and her children.

The family was not concerned until she missed her curfew at 8:00 pm.

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