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Body of missing 10-year-old girl found in plastic bag in shed, stepmother arrested for murder, strangulation

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 11:22:12-04

UPDATE: The Grant County Coroner completed the autopsy of Skylea Carmack on Wednesday and her cause of death was determined to be asphyxia by strangulation.

GAS CITY — The body of a missing 10-year-old girl has been recovered inside a shed behind her home, according to Indiana State Police.

Skylea Rayn Carmack was reported missing Saturday evening. Indiana State Police say their preliminary investigation indicates that Skylea was killed sometime Saturday afternoon or evening.

Her body was found Wednesday morning around 3 a.m. in a plastic trash bag inside a shed behind her Gas City home.

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Skylea's stepmother, Amanda Carmack, 34, has been arrested and charged in her murder. She's currently facing charges of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death and strangulation.

READ | Search continues for missing 10-year-old girl

The preliminary investigation indicates that Skylea died from strangulation but her exact cause of death will be determined by the Grant County Coroner.

Multiple search crews have been out looking for Skylea since she was first reported missing. Crews had combed areas around Grant and Miami counties and have passed out fliers with Skylea's image on them in the hopes of helping to locate her.

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Watch the full press conference with Indiana State Police below.