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KEANSBURG, N.J. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl reported missing was found dead near her apartment complex Thursday, and police are investigating it as a homicide.

Abbiegail Smith's body was found at around 10:45 a.m. near the apartment building where she lived in Keansburg, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.

"We were really hopeful that we would find her," Gramiccioni said at a news conference. "It's a punch in the gut for all of us in this community, especially with law enforcement."

Abbie was last seen in her apartment around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and reported missing about an hour later.

Police posted a flyer with information about Abbie on Thursday morning, a few hours before her body was found.

There was no immediate information available about suspects.

"Nobody should sit still until we figure out who did this to this 11-year-old girl," Gramiccioni said.

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