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Mom, boyfriend charged after missing 3-year-old girl found dead in Virginia river

A southwestern Virginia mom and her boyfriend had been arrested Wednesday after authorities discovered the physique of a lacking 3-year-old lady in an area river.

The Wythe County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned that Kimberly Daybreak Moore, 45, and Adrian Neil Puckett, additionally 45, have been charged with felony youngster neglect with reckless disregard for all times and felony youngster endangerment within the dying of Josie Burleson. The sheriff’s workplace added that extra expenses had been doable and the investigation is ongoing.

Josie Burleson was found dead Wednesday morning. (Wythe County Sheriff's Office)

Josie Burleson was discovered lifeless Wednesday morning. (Wythe County Sheriff’s Workplace)

Investigators say Josie was reported lacking simply earlier than 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. When questioned, Moore and Puckett informed authorities that the lady was taking part in exterior a home they had been visiting close to the New River Path and wandered away. The home in query is positioned inside 150 yards of the river.

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The sheriff’s workplace mentioned greater than 100 folks looked for Josie in close by fields, alongside adjoining trails and within the New River, the place the lady’s physique was discovered shortly after 1 a.m.

Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan informed The Roanoke Occasions that authorities didn’t understand how lengthy Josie was lacking earlier than her disappearance was reported as a result of Moore and Puckett “were on meth and they made two or three different statements, and we don’t know which one is correct.”

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The sheriff added that investigators imagine Josie wandered to the sting of the river searching for a swing she had visited up to now.

“They found her footprints in the mud at the edge of the river,” Dunagan informed the Occasions. “The current was swift there, and we believe it carried her down the river.”

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