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Police find body, believed to be 11-year-old girl, in freezer

Missing: Janiya Thomas
Missing: Janiya Thomas

Police believe they have found the body of a missing 11-year-old central Florida girl in a freezer.

A body was found inside a freezer in the garage of a grandmother of the missing girl, Janiya Thomas, said Bradenton police chief Michael Radzilowski.

Authorities say the body is likely to be that of Janiya, who has not been seen in months.

The girl's aunt and grandmother made the discovery. 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, the Bradenton Herald reported.

"I have been notified that a child's body was found, and it is suspected she is the missing 11-year-old girl," Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said.

"At 7 p.m. Sunday we received a phone call from a family member of Janiya Thomas telling us the location where she possibly might be located," Racky said.

"We went to that location, and were told there that the body of the child may be in a freezer."

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.