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Girl's death ruled apparent suicide

Thursday, October 1, 2009

In a press release provided to the Villager Journal from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, the department received a call through central dispatch at 2:04 p.m., Sept 26 regarding a possible deceased 12-year-old female.

The residence was on Highway 175 northeast of Hardy. The report said the caller advised central dispatch that his niece had hung herself.

When officers arrived at the home they found a 12-year-old white female deceased on the back porch of the home.

The officers learned from members of the family that the mother and step-father had left the home for about an hour and returned to find the girl hanging.

The girl's uncle told officers he had cut the girl down and attempted to perform CPR on her.

The officers then found the location on the back porch where the girl had apparently hung herself on a beam with a scarf.

Notes left for the family as well as others from her computer indicate that the suicide was a result of a break-up with a boy.

Deputy Coroner Allen Price pronounced the victim dead at the scene and the body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.

The girl was a seventh grader at Williford High School. Williford counselor Kathy Booth said counselors from Highland, Hillcrest and Oak Ridge Central were present Sept. 28 to help the students deal with the death.

Booth said she appreciated all the help from the area counselor's in assisting them to begin to recover from the tragic incident.