Body of Audrii Cunningham, missing 11-year-old Texas girl, found in river

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Body of Audrii Cunningham, missing 11-year-old Texas girl, found in river

Body of Audrii Cunningham, missing 11-year-old Texas girl, found in river

Officials announced Tuesday that the body of missing 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham was found in the Trinity River in Texas, bringing a tragic end to the search.

Body of Audrii Cunningham, missing 11-year-old Texas girl, found in river
Body of Audrii Cunningham, missing 11-year-old Texas girl, found in river

 

Based on all The Evidence

Polk County District Attorney Shelly Sitton stated at a news conference that Don Steven McDougal, 42, currently in custody on an unrelated matter, will be charged with capital murder in connection with her death. Sitton confirmed that a case will be filed “based on all the evidence.”

To Aid Divers in Their Search

Sheriff Byron Lyons revealed that information from the suspect, cellphone data, and social media imagery sent in by citizens led authorities to the body, located off Highway 59 in the county. To aid divers in their search, a local water authority lowered the river’s water level.

According to officials, Cunningham had not been seen since she left her Polk County home on Thursday at about 7 a.m. to catch a school bus. Despite leaving for school, she never boarded the bus or arrived at school that day, as confirmed by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies.

A Black Hoodie With White Lettering

An Amber Alert was issued for the 4-foot-1 child with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie with white lettering, and black tennis shoes. McDougal was identified as “one of the persons of interest” in the case when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault in an unrelated incident.

Authorities noted that McDougal lives in a trailer behind Audrii’s home and is considered a family friend who would occasionally take the girl to the bus stop or to school.

In a related development, a small children’s backpack was discovered at the Lake Livingston Dam, not far from the Cunningham family home, with the Trinity River feeding into the lake.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of Cunningham’s death.

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