Community weighs in after deputies believe they find body of missing teen

News4Jax Reporter Marilyn Parker was at Veterans Park, and spoke with people who showed up to help with the search for missing teen Tristyn Bailey.

St. John’s County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said they notified the county school district of a body believed to be missing 13-year-old girl Tristyn Bailey.

“This is a grieving community and we’re going to respect that grieving community,” said Hardwick.

During what deputies called an exhausting search, Bailey’s school’ the Patriot Oaks Academy’ sent out a message to families that said, “If you know Tristyn or have seen her at all, please contact the police. I am asking for your prayers on behalf of her family.”

What’s been described as a tight-knit community, many people came out and searched the wooded areas of Durbin Crossing for hours.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s office called off the search around 6 p.m. Sunday.

That’s when residents in the area told News4Jax they grew worried and anxious to find out what happened.

The Sheriff’s office gave a briefing saying they believed a body found to be Bailey.

News4Jax received a statement from Durbin Creek Elementary that reads, “”We are devastated for the family of Tristyn Bailey. We are asking all our Explorers to wear white tomorrow in observance #onecommunity.”

We’re told there will be a candlelight vigil Monday at 8:30 at the Durbin Amenities center.

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