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A surprising discovery in the case of a girl who went missing 20 years ago


The remains of a teenage girl who went missing years ago were found nearly two decades later during a police excavation on Wednesday.

The remains of a body were discovered in a mobile home park in Ormond Beach, Florida. Detectives had previously speculated that Autumn McClure, a 16-year-old girl whose remains were discovered 20 years later, had been murdered and buried.

Autumn was reported missing on May 10, 2004, from her grandmother's home in Ormond Beach. Meanwhile, the girl's grandmother received phone calls and letters from her saying that she was fine and would return home after she turned 18.

At the time, it was believed that the teenage girl was living with a woman she worked with named Win Dixie.

Court official Mike Chitwood said that the men and women assigned to investigate the case believed it was not a very complicated case.

Autumn was living with the woman while the woman's boyfriend, Brian Christopher Donley Jr., who was 31 at the time, also lived with her and lived near a mobile home park.

Days told investigators that Autumn was with them for a short time and that they had no knowledge of her whereabouts after that.
However, in 2018 a resident claimed that Donley and his girlfriend were responsible for the death of a teenage girl and the man provided some evidence. However, Donnelly died in 2022.

About 99 percent of the remains of the girl's body were recovered from the site of the mobile park during the excavation on Thursday.

Dr. Lira Sutton of the University of Florida's Maples Center for Forensic Medicine says that this is what we do in cases like this, but the remains have not been formally identified as Atom.

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