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Missing Effingham Co. Girl Found Dead; Uncle Charged With Murder
Missing Effingham Co. Girl Found Dead; Uncle Charged With Murder

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.