Missing girl's body found in NE Ark. wilderness

BLYTHEVILLE (AP) - Mississippi County authorities say a missing 11-year-old girl from Gosnell has been found dead.

Jessica Williams was reported missing at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and searchers found her body at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Blytheville Courier News reports that Jessica had been gone for about three hours before her father called police Tuesday night. The girl was last seen playing with her dog outside her father's home near Gosnell.

Authorities say the girl's bicycle was found in a ditch nearby but her body was found to the west where a county road reaches a dead end at the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Mississippi County authorities are investigating the circumstances of the girl's death.

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