Bike Found in Home Where Missing Girl's Body Dumped

The family confirms that 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale's body was found in a recycling bin Monday night about 10:30

By David Chang and Kelly Bayliss
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:20 PM EDT
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    Bike Found in Same Home Where Missing NJ Girl's Body Dumped

    Neighbors gasped as investigators wheeled a white bike out of the same home where the body of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale was found late last night in a blue recycling bin. She was seen last riding off on her white BMX bike, from her own home, about five blocks away .

    Body Discovered in Recycling Bin Believed to be Missing NJ Girl

    Police found the body of a female on the 200 block of E. Clayton Avenue late Monday night. They believe the body belongs to missing 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale. They say the body was found only five blocks from Pasquale's home.
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    Update at 4:32pm: Teen brothers who live five blocks away from the victim are charged with her murder. They're accused of luring her to their house for bike parts and then strangling her.

    BREAKING: Neighbors gasped as investigators pulled a white bike out of the same home where 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale's body was found late last night in a home recycling bin.

    We do not know if it is Pasquale's bike. Here is a picture of the bike that came out of the home around 11:30 a.m.

    Autumn was last seen leaving her home on W. High Street on Saturday around 12:30 p.m. while riding a white Odyssey BMX bike to a friend's house.

    Here is a picture of Autumn's bike, which the Gloucester County Prosecutor's office sent out this morning:

    The girl’s parents called police after she never made it to that friend's house.

    The family confirmed this morning that it was Autumn's body that was found in the recycling bin, which is five blocks from her home in Clayton, N.J. That address is in the 300 block of E. Clayton Avenue and that is where investigators are focusing their search.

    They've been in and out of the home all morning, and along with the bike have brought out several bags of items. Neighbors tell NBC10's Marisa Brahney that the man who lives in the home has grandchildren around Autumn's age.

    The discovery of Autumn's body put an end to the massive search effort, which included hundreds of volunteers, the Clayton Police Department, Child Abduction Response Team, New Jersey State Police, the FBI and officers from 40 other police departments.

    Pasquale's body was found by one of the investigators for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's office inside a blue recycling bin. The property where her body was found shows up on Google maps about five blocks away from the Pasquale home on West High Street.

    Autumn's family was notified of the discovery last night.

    "This is a very sad day for the Pasquale family," said Dalton in a press release. "Our hearts go out to the family and to all the residents of Clayton who stood together in support of this young girl." 

    Autumn's uncle, Paul Spadafora, confirmed that the body was Autumn's.

    He thanked the community for helping the family in their search.


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