Emmanuel Turner was at Belle Isle Friday afternoon when he got word that his daughter, 17-month-old Zyia Turner, was missing from their home in Detroit, Michigan
“I came straight home. I walked around looking,” Turner, 25, said Saturday from the home. “I just can’t stop thinking about my baby being gone.”
The toddler’s body was found Saturday in a closet in the home, Emmanuel Turner said. A police cadaver dog from the Southfield Police Department located her Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Detroit Police Department.
Bridget Elam, the girl’s grandmother, said she had gone shopping for the 4th of July when her phone rang at 3:46 p.m. It was her son, Emmanuel Turner’s brother, asking if she knew where Zyia was.
They called police soon after, and made flyers to distribute with pictures of the missing girl.
The cause of death has not been released.
Zyia’s autopsy has been completed, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office Saturday, but the results are pending the toxicology screen, which could take six to eight weeks.
The Detroit police news release did not indicate why it took so many hours after the girl initially was reported missing to locate her body inside the house. Police did not return calls for comment.
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