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Wednesday
Aug172011

Body of Missing 3-Year-Old Breeann Rodriguez Found

Comstock/Thinkstock(DUNKIN COUNTY, Mo.) -- Authorities have found the body of missing 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez in Dunklin County, Mo. after an exhaustive search that began when the young girl went missing Aug. 6.

The young girl's body was found in a drainage ditch at 9 p.m., according to Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff.

Shawn Morgan, a 43-year-old steel factory worker and father of three, was quietly arrested around 11 p.m. Friday.  Sokoloff said that in addition to first-degree murder, Morgan was charged with armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.

Two small bicycle training wheels were found Thursday in an area of "heavy brush" located approximately two miles southeast of Breeann's home which the FBI said may have come from the tot's bicycle.

The girl's father, Edgar Rodriguez, identified the wheels as belonging to his daughter because he had adjusted the wheels for his daughter, the FBI said.

The little girl was last seen riding her bike with her 5-year-old brother. Her brother ran inside to get a drink, and when he returned his sister had disappeared.

Senath, where the Rodriguezes live, is a tiny hamlet in the southeast corner of Missouri state with a population of less than 1,600 people and an extremely low crime rate.

"I got a child missing and it ain't supposed to happen," Senath Police Department Chief Omar Karnes said earlier this week.

Billboards with Breeann's picture went up in Missouri and Arkansas with an announcement of a $45,000 reward -- $25,000 from the FBI and $20,000 from the Senath Marshal's Office -- for the arrest and prosecution of whoever is responsible.

One of the many early leads in the case included the investigation of two vans that were seen in the area before Breeann's disappearance. The driver of one of the vehicles had been brought in for questioning by Senath police but has since been released, and the sheriff said Saturday officials are no longer interested in the vans.

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Friday
Aug122011

Breeann Rodriquez's Training Wheels Found in Brush

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SENATH, Mo.) -- The father of a missing 3-year-old girl who disappeared while riding her pink bicycle said that training wheels found in heavy brush two miles from their home belong to his daughter.

Breeann Rodriguez, 3, was last seen five days ago riding her bike in her Senath, Mo., neighborhood with her 5-year-old brother when she vanished.

Breeann's father, Edgar Rodriguez, told Nancy Grace on HLN that he and his wife were told by investigators that they failed a lie detector test.

"I don't know, honestly, honestly. When my wife went in there first to do the polygraph and she failed it, I mean, of course as a father when someone tells you they failed a polygraph, it automatically raises doubt," he told Grace.

"I don't believe we really did fail it. It may be some kind of tool they use to squeeze every bit of information out of us...I don't really know. But they said we did fail it," Rodriguez said.

FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu declined to comment on the results of the Rodriguez's polygraph tests.

The two small bicycle training wheels were found Thursday in an area of "heavy brush" located approximately two miles southeast of Breeann's home which the FBI said may have come from the tot's bicycle.

The girl's father, however, identified the wheels as belonging to his daughter because he had adjusted the wheels for Breeann's 2-foot-4 height, the FBI said.

The rest of the bike has not been found, police said.

Breeann was riding her pink bike with her brother. Her brother ran inside to get a drink, and when he returned his sister had disappeared.

Senath is a tiny hamlet in the southeast corner of the state with a population of less than 1,600 people and a non-existent crime rate.

Billboards with Breeann's picture recently went up in Missouri and Arkansas with an announcement of a $45,000 reward -- $25,000 from the FBI and $20,000 from the Senath Marshal's office -- for the arrest and prosecution of whoever is responsible.

One of the many early leads in the case included the investigation of two vans which had been seen in the area prior to Breeann's disappearance. The driver of one of the vehicles had been brought in for questioning by Senath police, but has since been released.

Breeann was last seen wearing a pink top and a pair of pink and purple pants. Police are asking anyone with information to call 866-371-TIPS.

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