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Somer Thompson’s Dead Body Found Among Trash

Liz De La Torre

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After slain seven year old Somer Thompson’s body was discovered discarded in a landfill fifty miles from her Florida home on Oct. 22, her mother Diena had only one thing to say to her daughter’s killer: “We’re coming for you. We’ll get you, and hopefully justice will be served.” The undeviating declaration came just after the clothes and birthmark on the left leg of the abandoned body in the Georgia landfill led to Somer’s identification only three days after she vanished.

Just before her disappearance on Oct. 19, Somer allegedly got into an altercation with another child as she was walking home with her sister and twin brother. When her sister told her to stop arguing, Somer got upset and walked ahead of everyone else. Somer was last seen walking in front of a vacant house near the Thompson residence, but no witnesses have come forward with any information regarding an assault or kidnapping of the girl. After authorities followed nine garbage trucks running from her neighborhood to the Georgia landfill where she was eventually found, a search of more than 225 tons of trash exposed a partially-covered body.

As of now, no suspects have been arrested. Even with 161 sex offenders living in the Thompson vicinity and thousands of leads every day, authorities have yet to find any probable leads. On Oct. 22, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation performed an autopsy, but no report has been released yet. No further details have been disclosed to clarify whether the homicide was perpetrated by more than one person or whether Somer was sexually assaulted. However, Somer’s death has instilled a disturbed and fearful ambiance in the heart of the Orange Park community that has urged it to caution children against the perils of being friendly with strangers. With the memory of her child’s body plaguing her mind, Diena Thompson can only hope, as with the rest of the world, that her warning and vow to find the grisly monster who took her child will only haunt that person more.

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Somer Thompson’s Dead Body Found Among Trash