SC girl likely dead; chief vows to keep looking for body

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SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say forensic evidence indicates a 5-year-old South Carolina girl missing since her mother was found dead earlier this month was killed by the same suspect.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark says 28-year-old Daunte Johnson was charged with murder in the death of Nevaeh Adams. He is already charged with another count of murder.

Roark vowed Monday to keep looking for the girl’s body.

The girl’s family said they plan their own search and don’t think police have done enough. They said they weren’t invited inside Monday’s police news conference.

The chief says officers sifted through by hand 460,000 pounds (209,000 kilograms) of garbage at a landfill after Johnson said on Aug. 5 he dumped the girl’s body in a trash bin. They will return to the landfill this week.

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