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An investigation into the disappearance of 5-year-old South Carolina girl Nevaeh Adams has tragically turned into a body recovery effort after police announced that a man already suspected of murder in another state confessed to killing Adams and her mother.
Police began frantically searching for Adams after police were called Monday to the Sumter apartment where she and her mother, Sharee Bradley, lived. A family member found Bradley, 29, dead inside the home, according to the Sumter Police Department.
Transient Daunte Maurice Johnson, 28, was allegedly spotted fleeing the location, according to police who tracked him down at a residence in a nearby neighborhood.
While speaking to police, he allegedly made a grim confession.
“During the course of the interview, Johnson said he killed Bradley, with whom he was acquainted, and her daughter,” police stated. “He also provided information that could help police locate her.”
It’s believed Adams' body was placed in a dumpster, according to local outlet WACH.
Now, police are trying to find the child’s body. They think, based upon a preliminary investigation by the Sumter County Coroner’s Office, that Adams was killed around the same time as her mother, a few hours before Bradley was discovered.
“Finding this little girl is first and foremost and we have and will continue to use every resource available to make that happen,” Sumner Police Chief Russell Roark said. “Our prayers are with the family and we will continue to assist them throughout this tragic ordeal.”
Police have sifted through 230 tons of trash in two different landfills, according to a Tuesday WACH report.
Johnson is also a murder suspect in a separate Missouri case. His first appearance hearing is pending. It’s not yet clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
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