By GEOFF MULVIHILLAssociated Press
CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) - The body of a female was found in a recycling containing in Clayton and preliminarily identified as that of a 12-year-old southern New Jersey girl missing since the weekend, officials said early Tuesday.
Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, said in a statement that the body was found 10 p.m. Monday by investigators with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Officials did not say exactly where the body was found.
Autumn Pasquale was reported missing from her Clayton home 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and had been the subject of a large search over the last two days.
Pasquale's family has been notified of the discovery, Weisenfeld said.
An autopsy to confirm the body's identity will be conducted Tuesday morning by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's office.
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