Body found believed to be missing Gary toddler

June 26, 2009 1:46:22 PM PDT
A body has been found in Indiana that may be the remains of 2-year-old Jada Justice. She disappeared last week. UPDATE:Body identified as missing 2-year-old, charges filed

Police were called to search an area of western LaPorte County Thursday morning based on information they had received in relation to the missing girl. A coroner was called to the scene early Thursday afternoon, after police found a body in the fields there.

Police will only say at this point that it appears that the body is the remains of 2-year-old Jada Justice. The little girl has been missing since a week and a half ago when her cousin told police she had disappeared.

Jada's cousin, Angelica Castillo, 18, of Hobart, was watching the girl at the time she disappeared. Castillo said she left Jada in a car while she went to buy some milk at a gas station in Gary. And when she came back Jada was gone.

"It is with deep sadness that I report this morning investigators discovered what are believed to be the remains of Jada Justice in rural LaPorte County east of Highway 421," said Chief Rod Gonzalez, Hobart Police Dept.

"You always have a hunch of what's going on. A mother knows, I'm a mother my own self, and when stories aren't adding up and stuff like that you just know something. And for it to happen like this, it's devastating right now," said Angie Balboa, family friend.

Police said they have two people in custody at this point. They have not charged them, however, so they are yet to release the names of those two people. They say if the investigation goes as anticipated, charges could be filed by Friday afternoon.


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