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Panhandle girl's body found in creek; homicide suspected

Naomi Jones
Naomi Jones

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A 12-year-old Florida girl reported missing last Wednesday has been found dead in a creek several miles from her home .

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced Monday evening that Naomi Jones had been found by fishermen.

Morgan says homicide is suspected, but no arrests have been made. Detectives are interviewing people of interest, but authorities haven't released their names or their relationship to Jones. No cause of death has been announced.

Hundreds of law enforcement officials, members of search groups, local residents and even Jones' classmates participated in the hunt for her. A $20,000 reward had been offered for information that led to her. It wasn't clear if the fishermen who found her body would get the reward.