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Officials Confirm That Body is Missing Girl

ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler says the body found Wednesday afternoon at a Georgia landfill belongs to missing 7-year-old Somer Thompson.

During a Thursday morning news conference Sheriff Beseler said they were able to make a positive identification of the birthmark on the lower extremity of the child, along with some clothing items that the she was wearing.

After positively identifying the body, Beseler called Somer's mother, Diena Thompson.

"She was absolutely devastated," Beseler said. "It was the hardest phone call that I've ever had to make in my life."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Clay County deputies and teams from the FBI are processing the crime scene at the Chesser Island Landfill in Folkston, Ga., for clues into what happened to the little girl.

"This early discovery is going to be tremendously helpful in our investigation," said the Sheriff. "And I am very confident that we are going to have a positive outcome and find the person or people who are responsible for the death of this beautiful child."

An autopsy, scheduled for Thursday at the Medical Examiner's office in Savannah, is expected to help determine a cause of death.

A second news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday.

Beseler says they still need the community to call with tips and leads as they search for the suspects.

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