The search for a 10-year-old Texas girl missing since Tuesday appeared to have ended tragically late Saturday, as authorities said they believe they have found the girl's body.
An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for Kayla Gomez Orozco, who had last been seen after an evening prayer service on Tuesday.
Citing law enforcement officials, KETK said the remains were confirmed to be Kayla Gomez late Saturday and that an unnamed uncle is believed to have been involved in the incident. The family member, described as a Hispanic male born in 1992, voluntarily accompanied officials to be questioned in the case of Kayla and is now held in custody at the Smith County Jail with no charges placed.
According to Sheriff Smith, investigators developed a lead of a home on FM 2493. Since her disappearance, law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level have been searching for Gomez.
Officials didn't immediately announce any arrests or a cause of death.
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Search dogs have been walking the perimeter set up around the church but there has been no trace of Kayla.
Additionally, the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, as well as the FBI East Texas Violent Crime Task Force and the Dallas FBI Safe Streets Task Force, has been called in to assist in the search for Gomez-Orozco.
Volunteers examine an area of Bullard during a public search for Kayla.
Officials are also offering a $60,000 reward for information, according to Cherokee County Crimestoppers. She was last seen wearing a peach-colored skirt and black "Racquet and Jog" T-shirt. "We encourage you to do the same!"
Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell called Kayla "a sweet little girl, just as cute as could be". She's 4 feet tall and weighs 90 pounds.