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Missing 11-year-old DeKalb county girl found dead

Saturday afternoon, investigators announced the discovery of the girl's body.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2019 11:20 AM
Updated: Mar. 3, 2019 11:12 AM

Searchers found the body of 11-year-old Amberly Barnett Saturday morning. Investigators with the DeKalb County sheriff's office made the announcement this afternoon.

“Due to the current investigation, we are limited on the information we are able to release. I can tell you we are diligently pursuing different avenues and Lord willing we will have answers in the upcoming days," said Sheriff Nick Welden.

Barnett disappeared from the Mt. Vernon area of DeKalb County Friday. 

DeKalb County deputies were dispatched to County Road 822 in Mt. Vernon. That was around 7:30 last night. They began searching for Barnett. The search expanded from DeKalb County into Cherokee County as well as part of Georgia.

Some community members tell WAAY31 they were shocked to hear the news. 

"It was shocking. You don't hear nothing about that around here," said Terry Clanton. 

Clanton said the community of Mount Vernon is one that looks after one another and as we learn more about the death of Amberly Barnett they will continue to come together. 

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