UPDATE: Body of Autumn Pasquale Found

The 12-year-old was last seen riding her bike in her Clayton, NJ-neighborhood.

Update, 11:50 a.m., Oct. 23: Authorities also recovered Autumn Pasquale's bike, near where her body was found on the 200 block of East Clayton Avenue. UPDATE: Autumn Pasquale's Bike Found Near Body


Update, 5:49 a.m., Oct. 23: The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office says a body believed to be that of Autumn Pasquale has been found in a recycling container. 

A spokesman did not disclose where the discovery was made, The (NY) Daily News reports this morning. The body was discovered late Monday night. 

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


Update, 2:44 p.m., Oct. 22: Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information on missing Clayton 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale.

Officials announced the reward at a press conference held by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Monday afternoon. The reward comes as more than 48 hours have passed since Autumn was last seen. 

Half of the reward money comes from Autumn's family, with the county prosecutor matching the remaining half, 6ABC reports. With more than 200 law enforcement officers searching for the preteen, authorities have conducted 75 interviews trying to glean information on the case. 

Autumn was last seen riding her bike. She sent a text message around 2:30 p.m., 6ABC reports.

While her parents did not speak at the press conference, her father earlier told NBC10, "Everyone's working together to try and find her. We love her and we want her to come home."

If you have information on Autumn Pasquale's whereabouts, call the Clayton Police Department at 856-881-2300 or dial 911.


The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office released the following statement on missing Clayton girl Autumn Pasquale:

A growing number of law enforcement personnel from Gloucester County and other agencies are joining the effort today to find 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, reported missing from her Clayton, NJ, home Saturday night.

Ground search efforts this morning were focusing on several locations in Clayton. A New Jersey State Police aerial unit is assisting in this effort.

The Clayton Middle School student was last seen leaving her West High St. home at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on a white BMX bike. She was reported missing 9:30 p.m. Saturday after missing a family-imposed curfew.

The Clayton Police Department began the search Saturday night and it was expanded Sunday with activation of Gloucester County’s Child Abduction Response Team that calls in personnel and equipment from throughout the county. CART is coordinated by detectives with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office. The State Police missing persons unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Camden-based U.S. Marshals Service Task Force and the GCPO’s fugitive and high-tech crime units are all assisting. 

More than 100 law enforcement personnel from 18 agencies are now involved in the search.

County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton will further update the situation at a 2 p.m. news conference in the Gloucester County Government Services Building, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton.

Paul October 25, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I'm glad BPF53's religion has nary a hint of violence. Forced prayer and religion in schools should do the trick. Forced religion and vigilatism should keep this country above water and out of harm's way. I wasn't calling you racist BPF53, but the recent 50 years of this country's "reins" that have been handed over. It's not really worth continuing this- a little girl is dead at the hands of sociopaths brought up in an environment where life isn't worth much and far too many people are grieving; I just decided that a comment about perhaps ending the violence then and there as a way to try to come together using some sort of compassion and critical thinking- as opposed to others who want to reciprocate and continue the thread. Good luck with your utopian vision. Utopia is Greek for Nowhere btw.
BPF53 October 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Paul...sorry another idiotic comment... Did I bring up religion (again you show lack of understanding coming to that conclusion). A standard of living set on "Basic moral values and a code of conduct does not have to have religious foundations" (but they do help). It doesn't take a rocket scientists to see that the school systems are failing and the family home in this Nation is in turmoil. The only utopian vision I have is to people to have intelligent debates, without bringing in racism or religious intolerance as the only defense. A reality check this Nation is facing a major decaying and moral breakdown, brought on by a secular mindset pushed in the educational systems. Anyone with a small piece of ration mind left will concede that fact...good day.
Bryan Littel October 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM
For reference, the 1.25 million is violent crimes, not murders. That many murders would be insane. Given the teen birth numbers from the '40s, there may not have been that bygone moral era you speak of - similarly, the abortion rate is down over the last 30 years, from about 29.3 per 1,000 in 1981 to 19.6 per 1,000 in 2008: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html
Paul October 26, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Now I will remember to check the box that says send me email updates... When you overuse the word secular and capitalize the G in god, yes, you come off as someone who is of a religious mindset. I apologize for the generalizations (not the first generalization used in this forum mind you...you did call me left-wing and undereducated? hmmmm....)The racist remark came as a criticism of the recent history of our nation and the great "reins" you were handing off...blah blah blah, over your head, whatever. My only "intolerance" I've exhibited was from my first comment reacting to the anger and violence everyone felt that they had a right to partake in whether from a primary or secondary standpoint. You have repeatedly stated "facts" stemming from generalizations and limited and narrow viewpoints (moral breakdown, breakdown of the schools, no moral code)once again blah blah blah. <Hanging someone from the nearest tree is an upstanding moral code?> Despite your limited resources and lack of compelling logic, and lack of grammar, I've decided one last time to comment on this and send you this link from someone (Patch reporter Matt Skoufalos) who has eloquently stated, in a much better way, what I originally intended and hoped to say. I hope that it finds you well and helps you cope with the anger the tragedy has brought you. http://collingswood.patch.com/articles/r-i-p-autumn-pasquale-everyone-else-it-s-not-about-you
BPF53 October 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM
“G” in God should be capitalized, except for atheist or progressives. Secularism seems to be the mantra of the left-wing loons, if religion is a problem then too bad. Can one assume you are a progressive? You stated “undereducated” you meant uneducated? A "lack of understanding" doesn't equate to uneducated but not understanding the concepts debated. "Your intolerance" was due to the other comments interesting must be above the views of others of how one disregards life. Pity how one judges statements others felt over such a hideous and senseless act. Compelling logic, what is your compelling logic? Comments that do not fit into "your logic" is of no value? What a liberal mindset, interesting your comment if this happened to your family? A girl was murdered for a bike! You disagree with the outrage of others over this? Mr. Skoufalos read like someone indoctrinated by a ultra progressive educational system. No one stated hang these two from a tree, facts are known, what happened to this poor girl is known. This reporter makes a political rant about the ills of society is pitiful, condemn "Secular society" that produced such a pair. Respect for others, hard work, the responsibility for ones actions must be taught at home and school! Done wasting time. For the childish remark about grammar,I will get my Mommy or WORD to check it next time, wrote off the cuff if you understand the meaning...Good Day.


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