CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — Chippewa Falls police confirmed a 10-year-old girl, who had been missing since Sunday, was found dead along a hiking trail in a wooded area on Monday.
The Chief of the Chippewa Falls Police Department, Matthew Kelm, said during a news briefing that the incident is considered a homicide. No one is in custody.
Investigators previously found what they believed to be her abandoned bike near the Leinenkugel's brewery plant Sunday evening.
Police said in a statement she is a 4th grader at Parkview Elementary. She was last seen at her aunt's home on North Grove Street.
Police later found her bicycle a short distance from her aunt's home near Grove Street and the Leinenkugel's brewery.
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