Police center search for missing girl in empty field - CBS46 News

Police center search for missing girl in empty field

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CANTON, GA (CBS46) -

Police have shut down a portion of Reinhardt College Parkway in Cherokee County where police are searching for a missing 7-year-old girl.

Police have centered their search for Jorelys Rivera in an empty field.

Police are searching a dumpster they moved from the girl's apartment complex to the field.

Police believe Jorelys was abducted from the playground at the River Ridge Apartment complex after her teenage babysitter left her there unsupervised on Friday evening.

Searchers are focusing on a one mile radius around the family's apartment complex. The search radius may be expanded later in the day.

There are no plans to charge the teen who was supposed to be watching Jorelys, police said.

During a Monday morning news conference, Canton Police Emergency Management Director Jeff Hall said that they wouldn't stop searching until Jorelys was found.

Hall said Jorelys' parents are being very cooperative. Officers have searched their home and cars.

Hall confirmed that girl's purse and diary are missing, but he said it is not unusual for a girl to carry such items to playground.

No one has been ruled out as suspect, Hall said, and so far they do not have any strong leads.

Saturday, a tearful mother made a plea for her daughter's safe return. Joselin Rivera said she had no idea where 7-year-old daughter could be.

Family friend Reynold Gonzales translated Rivera's comments.

"She thinks someone picked up her daughter and put her in a car," Gonzalez said.

Jorelys' parents hugged and said they would pray for good news soon.

Earlier Saturday, concerned neighbors and police spent hours searching for the missing girl.

"I was out there until 3 a.m. We searched the dumpster, we actually crawled into the dumpster," neighbor Amanda Nixon said.

"I spent all night in the woods, flip-flops walking around trying to find this kid," Sandy Lindsey said.

Lindsey said it wasn't the first time the children were left unsupervised. 

"They don't pay attention to their kids very well. This little girl runs around all over the place so anyone could have made friends with her," Lindsey said.  

Police said Rivera's two other young children have been taken into DFACS custody because they weren't being watched properly.

Saturday, police setup a command center at the apartment complex where Jorelys went missing.

Police said two sex offenders lived in the apartment complex and they planned to interview them along with other sex offenders nearby.

For the Rivera family, it's been a long painful night without their little girl.

"Bring her back whether man, female, bring her back," Gonzalez said.

Rivera is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 3 feet tall and weighing 80 lbs. Her family reports Jorelys was wearing a pink shirt, blue jeans and black boots.

If you have information about this case, call the Canton PD tip line at 770-704-7074.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading Rivera's safe return.

If you would like to donate to the Bring Jorelys Rivera Home Reward Fund, make checks payable to the Cherokee Sheriff's Foundation and mail donations to:

Bring Jorelys Rivera Home Fund, c/o Cherokee Sheriff's Foundation, P.O. Box 4250 Canton, Ga. 30114

Or stop by any Cherokee Bank located in Woodstock Holly Springs, or Canton and make a donation. All donations are tax deductible.

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