An Effingham County man has been charged with murder in the death of his seven year old niece.
Our news partners at WAND-TV report Justin DeRyke, 22, is being charged with first degree murder and is being held in the Effingham County Jail.
Authorities had been searching for Willow Long in the small town of Watson since Monday. The girl’s mother said she went missing on Sunday. They found a child’s body late Monday, which authorities confirmed Tuesday afternoon was Willow’s.