Audrii Cunningham: Physique of 11-year-old Texas woman who disappeared on her strategy to faculty has been present in a river, sheriff says

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Polk County Sheriff’s Workplace

Audrii Cunningham vanished after she left for college Thursday morning.


The physique of Audrii Cunningham, an 11-year-old woman who disappeared whereas on her strategy to faculty in Texas, was discovered Tuesday within the Trinity River, in keeping with Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons.

Polk County District Legal professional Shelly Sitton stated they’re within the strategy of getting ready arrest warrants for Don Steven McDougal, 42, including they imagine a capital homicide cost can be applicable.

“Primarily based on the entire proof that regulation enforcement has collected, they’re within the strategy of getting ready the suitable arrest warrants,” Sitton stated. “At the moment, we imagine the suitable arrest warrant goes to be for capital homicide within the loss of life of Audrii Cunningham. He’s nonetheless in jail underneath an unrelated felony cost.”

When requested by reporters how Audrii was killed, Sitton stated, “I can’t converse to that.”

McDougal had joined within the search efforts for the lacking woman, the sheriff advised CNN earlier Tuesday.

“A number of the witnesses have even stated that he was locally and knocking on doorways … asking have they seen her,” the sheriff advised CNN.

“To me, it merely tells me is that he’s making an attempt to offer the appearances that he has no play or he’s not at fault in her disappearance and that (he’s) a part of the involved events who had been making an attempt to find her.”

The household’s house is close to Lake Livingston – “one of many largest reservoirs within the state, with 83,000 floor acres,” in keeping with Texas Parks & Wildlife.

One of many few clues that has been made public in Audrii’s disappearance could be a purple “Hey Kitty” backpack she was supposed to hold to highschool along with her.

A “small backpack that possible belonged to a toddler was situated close to the Lake Livingston Dam” on Friday, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

CNN’s Steve Almasy and Raja Razek contributed to this report.

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