Missing Toddler Found Dead After She Vanished While Playing in Yard
One-year-old Semaj Crosby was found dead in a Joliet, Ill., home.
An Illinois toddler whose disappearance sparked a desperate search this week has been found dead.
The body of 16-month-old Semaj Crosby was discovered in a Joliet Township home early Thursday, more than two days since she'd been last seen playing with about a dozen kids gathered in a nearby yard.
Semaj's body was discovered at about midnight, according to the Will County Sheriff's Office.
Her family reported the toddler missing at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, just hours after Department of Children and Family Services officials say they saw her safe in her home.
"DCFS had been at the home on April 25 at approximately 3:20 p.m. and had seen all three of the mother’s children including Semaj," DCFS spokeswoman Alissandra Calderon said in a statement obtained by the Chicago Tribune. "There were no obvious hazards or safety concerns at that time."
“The family had been looking for her for an hour and a half,” Public Information Officer Kathy Hoffmeyer told InsideEdition.com Wednesday.
More than 80 people were at one point searching for the child, aided by bloodhounds and drones. An all-night canvas of the neighborhood using a helicopter equipped with an infrared and heat-seeking device found nothing, authorities said.
A reverse 911 call was sent out last night to all residents within a five-mile radius.
Demaj's body was found after the Will County Sheriff’s Office, along with the FBI, gained consent to search an area residence late Wednesday.
The Will County Coroner’s Office pronounced Semaj deceased and an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
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