Police find the lifeless body of a 7-year-old missing girl in a river, mother and boyfriend forgot they have a child to take care of

More than an 8-hour search for the missing 7-year-old girl ends up tragically when her body was found in a local river. The body of the Josie B. from Virginia was found early morning when authorities pulled the lifeless body from New River.

The girl’s mother, Kimberly M. and her boyfriend, Adrian P. were arrested and charged with felony child neglect with reckless disregard for life and felony child endangerment.

Both tested positive for methamphetamine and may face additional charges. The child’s untimely death is tragic.

The ordeal began when the police received a 911 call about a missing 7-year-old on a rental property the family was visiting that’s 150 yards from the New River.

The mother and her boyfriend, who live on the same street as the rental house, told police that the child was playing outside near the New River Trail. Then they allegedly got high and totally forgot about the little girl.

Within minutes of arriving at the home, the sheriff’s office led a massive search for the child.

More than 100 searchers looked for the child in nearby fields, trails and in the water. Nearly nine hours later, searchers found the girl’s body in the river.

Moore and Puckett are being held in jail. They have not yet entered pleas. It is unclear whether they have retained attorneys who can speak on their behalf.

Alex Tuhell

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