11-year old girl found dead in Mississippi County

An investigation has started in Mississippi County after an 11-year-old girl's body was found in a ditch Wednesday morning.

"My little 8 year old said they found her dead didn't they?" said Tim Southern, the victim's uncle.

Southern says the family is asking the community for their prayers.

"What we're wanting to get at is some information on who and maybe why they did this" said Southern.

11 year old Jessica Williams disappeared Tuesday night around 6 p-m but was not reported missing until 9 p-m.

"She was fun loving , she loved all of her aunts and uncles."

Mississippi County Sheriffs Dept has been leading the investigation.

"Her father reported that he last saw her playing outside of his home on County Road 503."

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook says the girls home was only about 5 miles from where she was found this morning.

"The young girl's bicycle was found near her home although her body was found in an area not easy to drive or walk to," said Southern. "An investigation into her death is going."

Anyone with information about the girl's death should call the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department or your local police department.