LAKELAND, Fla. - A 12-year-old girl who was reported missing was found dead in Lakeland early Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Deputies said Rebecca Ann Sedwick's body was found at an empty lot of a former cement company on North Eastside Drive.
Sedwick's mother said she left her home on Arizona Avenue on Monday morning to go to the bus stop. But she never got on the bus and deputies learned that she had left home without her school books.
Sedwick did not return after school and her mother reported her missing shortly after 7:00 p.m. Monday.
Prior to leaving home, and for unknown reasons, Rebecca made statements about possibly harming herself.