SMITH COUNTY - Authorities held a press conference Sunday afternoon releasing more information into the search and recovery of a 10-year-old Tyler girl who went missing Nov. 1 from a Bullard church.
According to authorities, a lead in the investigation into Kayla Gomez-Orozco's disappearance surfaced Saturday, which led to the discovery of her body in a well on a property in the 23000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2493 in Smith County.
A search warrant was obtained, and the body was recovered after midnight. Smith County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger has ordered the body taken to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy.
A family member who lived at the house was questioned in Kayla's disappearance and death, and is currently in the Smith County Jail on a Federal Immigration Customs detainer. According to Sheriff Larry Smith, additional charges are anticipated.
"We assure you there will be no stone unturned as we enter the next phase of this investigation," Sheriff Smith said during Sunday's press conference. "We will utilize all available assets at the local, state and federal level of law enforcement to see that justice is swift and thorough for Kayla and her family.
The Tyler independent School District released the following statement Sunday afternoon:
We are saddened to learn that the body of Kayla Gomez-Orozco, the Jack Elementary school student who has been missing since Tuesday, Nov. 1, has been found. Our hearts and sympathies go out to Kayla’s family and friends as they come to terms with this painful and
senseless tragedy. We ask that you keep the students and staff at Jack Elementary School in your thoughts and prayers. Additional counselors from throughout the District will be at the Jack campus next week to provide assistance and support as needed for staff and students.
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