Police distraught over the injuries of girl, 7, who was sexually assaulted, stabbed and beaten to death
- Body of Jorelys Rivera found brutally disfigured in dumpster on Monday
- Autopsy showed she died from blunt head trauma
- Cops call it 'a very calculated and planned crime' as they continue to hunt for suspect
The chief investigator into the death of Jorelys Rivera was so distraught over the girl's wounds he refused to describe them.
The seven-year-old girl, whose body was found in a Georgia dumpster, was bludgeoned, sexually assaulted and stabbed in a particularly vicious attack by a killer who police believe lives in her apartment complex.
The wounds to her body were so severe Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan would not give any details.
Mr Keenan would only say she had blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds and that the crime as a 'very horrific and brutal murder.'
Police believe the girl was taken to a vacant apartment where she was sexually assaulted, stabbed and beaten to death, police believe.
The killer then threw Jorelys Rivera's brutally disfigured body into a trash bin near her home in Canton, Georgia where it was found by police.
It came about 60 to 90 minutes after she disappeared, he said.
‘This was a very calculated and planned crime,’ Keenan said. 'A child who dies under extreme violence is absolutely the worst thing that can happen to a human being.'
Investigators believe the killer either lives in the apartment complex or has regular access to it.
No suspects are in custody but investigations continue. DNA evidence has been collected from the child's body and the vacant apartment.
Rivera was last seen on Friday afternoon, and her body was discovered around 12.30 pm on Monday.
Police and volunteers had spent the weekend combing the area around the apartment complex playground where she was last seen.
At the time of her disappearance, the child was being looked after by a teenage babysitter along with her two siblings.
She had left the park to go and collect drinks from home for her friends, and disappeared between the playground and her home at the River Ridge Apartments.
Police had sent several Coca-Cola cans found nearby for forensic testing to see if these are the drinks that the child had gone to collect for her friends.
Jorelys' mother Joselin Rivera had made an emotional plea for her return and her father, who lives in Florida, had flown to the city in Cherokee County.
A friend translated for Spanish-speaking Mrs Rivera to local TV station 11alive.com.
She said her daughter was 'friendly, sweet, had lots of friends and everyone just loved her'.
Keenan said investigators have received numerous tips from the public and said valuable evidence has come from residents at the apartment complex.
Several sex offenders living at the complex have been identified and interviewed, Keenan said.
But he added: ‘We have no reason to believe, at this point, that sex offenders are involved.’
About 65 local, state and federal investigators are working on the case and several hundred interviews have been conducted, authorities said.
Maria Rodriguez, a former resident of the apartment complex, said she works with Jorelys' mother at a nearby poultry plant.
‘She was a very sweet girl,’ Rodriguez said as she held her own four-year-old daughter. ‘She was the type of little girl who likes her presence to be known. It's just so sad.’
Police have removed two other young children from the Rivera home over ‘concern about the supervision of Jorelys,’ said Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.
Baker said no charges were expected against the mother or the baby sitter.
A prayer vigil was held late Monday at the playground, where people left flowers, balloons and stuffed animals at a makeshift memorial for Jorelys.
A $15,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the girl's killer.
‘We're following up on every single tip,’ Baker said.
Daily Mail, UK