Police believe missing 11-year-old’s body found in freezer

BRADENTON, FL (WFLA/KRON) – Bradenton Police say they believe a body discovered in a deep freezer on Sunday night is missing 11-year-old Janiya Thomas.

Her mother is in jail for refusing to answer questions about her whereabouts, according to a report by WFLA’s Melissa Beckman.

The young girl has been missing since August 2014.

The body was found in the garage in Bradenton of a house which is the home of the grandmother and aunt of missing 11-year-old Janiya Thomas, police said.

Police say the girl’s mother, 31-year-old Keishanna Thomas, dropped the freezer off earlier in the week to the grandmother’s home. The grandmother and aunt decided to break the lock and look inside Sunday night and contacted police upon discovering the body.

After securing a search warrant, police plan to turn over the body to the medical examiner’s office Monday to determine the identity of the body and cause of death.

The state was investigating a child abuse complaint against Keishanna Thomas earlier this month when they discovered one of her five children was missing. Detectives say records show state workers last made contact with Janiya in August 2014.

Keishanna Thomas (Bradenton Police Department)
Keishanna Thomas (Bradenton Police Department)

Detectives arrested Keishanna Thomas Friday for contempt of court after she refused to answer questions about Janiya’s whereabouts. Her four other children are now in state custody.

Bradenton Police detectives say Thomas is not cooperating with the investigation. They plan to interview a man on Monday who they believe helped her drop the freezer off the home last week.

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