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Sheriff: Deputies failed to report blood at crime scene

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Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said two of his deputies had a mental error when they failed to report finding blood in a bathroom where 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera is believed to have been murdered.

The Canton child went missing on Friday, Dec. 2 and a massive search ensued where local law enforcement agencies, the Cherokee County Fire Department and Sheriff's office and civilians assisted in the search for Rivera.

Canton Police were the lead investigators. Two deputies, one, a three-year veteran, the other a trainee, went through the vacant apartment at the River Ridge apartments on Saturday, Dec. 4 searching for what Garrison said was a "live missing girl."

"That is what they were doing, trying to move fast to clear a lot of property in a short period of time. The apartments were trashed and very dirty and their mission clearly to find a missing girl," Garrison said.

Garrison said if his men had reported the blood on Saturday, it would not have saved Rivera.  Autopsy reports indicate she was killed about an hour after her abduction. But, it did have a direct impact on the investigation.

"It would have went criminal much faster and the discovery of her body would have been obtained probably 24 to 36 hours sooner," Garrison said. "This is call for more training. These deputies truly are extremely remorseful. Even the officer who is a trainer, he has been with the agency for three years is an outstanding employee. They are great employees. This is a mistake of the mind, simply a mental error."

The FBI was not called in to look for Rivera until Sunday afternoon. 

On Monday, Dec. 5, Rivera's body was found in an apartment complex trash compactor.

Maintenance worker Ryan Brunn, 20, has been charged with her murder.

The deputy who is a three-year veteran will have some disciplinary action taken against him.  But the Sheriff said the officer-in -training will not, since he was a trainee. Neither men will be fired.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference Friday afternoon to announce what kind of discipline the deputy will face.

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