‘My heart is shattered,’ sheriff says after missing girl found dead

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DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama (WRBL/WZDX)  – A missing child alert issued early Saturday morning has ended.

Amberly Alexis Barnett, 11, was last seen at her aunt’s home in Collinsville, Alabama at 6 p.m. on Friday. 

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a press conference held Saturday afternoon that her body was found around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

“We are diligently, diligently pursuing different avenues and Lord willing we will have answers in upcoming days. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers, and we move forward in this tragic event,” Sheriff Nick Weldon said.

They have not released the cause of death or where Barnett was found. 

Weldon said that his heart was shattered by Barnett’s death.

Laura Langley is a substitute teacher who had Amberly in class. Langley told WZDX News that Amberly was a sweet and polite girl.

“She was a very good girl. She never got in trouble. You never even saw her near the office,” said Langley.

This is an ongoing investigation; updates to this article will be made as information becomes available.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for Barnett’s family.

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