The body of a missing 11-year-old girl is thought to have been found in a freezer by members of her family, police have revealed.
Janiya Thomas – who has been missing for months – is believed to have been found in the garage of her grandmother’s house.
The girl’s aunt and grandmother made the discovery at the home in Florida.
They told investigators Janiya’s mother and an unidentified man dropped off the freezer on Wednesday.
The women were unaware of its contents until they saw news reports about Janiya and checked inside.
Janiya’s mother, 31-year-old Keishanna Thomas, was taken into custody on Friday after police said she refused to answer questions about her daughter’s whereabouts.
Authorities say the body is likely to be that of Janiya, who police were told has been missing since August 2014.
Police Chief Michael Radzilowski told the Bradenton Herald: “I have been notified that a child’s body was found, and it is suspected she is the missing 11-year-old girl”.
Police said they were called at 7pm on Sunday by a family member telling them about the grim discovery.
The house was turned into a crime scene – with tape placed around the property.
The freezer was believed to be about 5ft by 4ft.
As reported by Bradenton.com, Janiya had a condition which caused problems with her bowel movements and digestion.
It meant she could not always able to tell when she had to go to the bathroom.