By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
GRANT COUNTY - A search for missing 10-year-old Skylea Carmack came to an end four days after she was reported missing. Her body was found just behind her home in Gas City, Indiana early this morning.
The victim's step-mother is charged with the child's murder.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said Skylea was discovered in a shed, hidden inside a plastic trash bag, around 3 a.m. While an autopsy is pending at this time to verify her cause of death, Slocum said evidence indicates she was strangled.
Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested and booked into the Grant County Jail. She is charged with the following felonies: Murder, neglect of a dependent - resulting in death, domestic battery- resulting in death and strangulation.
During a press conference today, officers said the step-mother is the sole suspect at this time. She had maintained throughout the investigation that Skylea had gone missing and she did not know where she was, according to the report.
Investigators believe the girl was killed Saturday, Aug. 31, between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
A statewide silver alert was issued the next day.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and community volunteers assisted ISP during the search for the missing child from the city located 78 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Laurie Linsner, an advocate for the community organization Missing Children and Adults, expressed her condolences for the girl's death on The Gas City Facebook page and praised the work of the officers:
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"I would also like to commend the police dept, law enforcement from other counties, detectives of this little community-and the PEOPLE of this little community. Wow, what an amazing group of leaders and neighbors that came together in solidarity for this little one and didn’t stop until they were done. You should all be proud and keep that ability work together and just be there for one another as you did through this horrible event."
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