Body of missing girl found near Carrollton apartment

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by SHON GABLES, MONIKA DIAZ and JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 11:52 AM

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CARROLLTON — Carrollton police late Sunday confirmed that the body of a Hispanic female found Sunday afternoon is 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez, who had been abducted from an apartment two blocks away late Saturday night.

Police said she had been kidnapped.

A man described as a "person of interest" was being interviewed by investigators on Sunday night. Police said he does know the Gonzalez family, but no arrests have been made.

"There was no trauma on the body. There is nobody in police custody at present," said Carrollton police spokesman Lt. Doug Mitchell at a 5:30 p.m. news conference.

The cause of the girl's death has not been released. The results of an autopsy are expected on Monday morning.

Forensic investigators were scouring a 1999 Lincoln Navigator SUV parked outside the Carrollton police station. There was no confirmation that this activity was related to the homicide investigation.

Jasmen was last seen at about 11:45 Saturday night. She and her parents had traveled from Oklahoma City to visit relatives at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Walnut Street, near the intersection of Belt Line Road and Interstate 35E.

Police initially said Jasmen might have wandered out of the house after going to bed. She was unfamiliar with the area.

Lt. Mitchell said the girl's body was found at 3:35 p.m. Sunday outside a residence in the 1100 block of Clint Street, just two blocks away from the apartment where Jasmen disappeared. He said the investigation continues.

"The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are questionable," Mitchell added. "There's a lot of investigative work that has to be done. We'll take it one step at a time; we'll be very methodical in what we do; and we'll come to a resolution."

The Dallas police helicopter, a Child Abduction Response Team, Carrollton firefighters, police from Addison, Farmers Branch, Irving and Dallas, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Denton County Sheriff's office, U.S. Marshals and the FBI all joined in helping Carrollton police search for the missing child.

No Amber Alert was issued; police said the circumstances of Jasmen's disappearance did not meet the established criteria.

FBI agents went door-to-door speaking with residents, and every car attempting to enter the two-block radius around the Walnut Street address was stopped during the height of the investigation.

"We want to know who is coming in and out," News 8 was told.

"I just want to assure the citizens of the City of Carrollton that we believe their children are safe; we believe they are safe," Lt. Mitchell said.

E-mail sgables@wfaa.com and mdiaz@wfaa.com and jbetz@wfaa.com

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