Searcher describes where NC girl's body was found

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 1:44 PM

A dog trainer who helped look for a missing North Carolina 5-year-old says searchers overlooked it at first because all they saw were deer carcasses in trash bags.

But Jeff Riccio of Tarheel Canine Training Inc. said Tuesday his team returned after getting information that the body of Shaniya (shuh-NY-ah) Davis might be near the carcasses. The searchers found the body Monday afternoon underneath kudzu along a rural highway southeast of Sanford.

Riccio says it was terrible seeing Shaniya's body but he's glad her ordeal is over.

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Shaniya's mother has been charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse, accused of selling her daughter into sex slavery. Police also charged Mario McNeill with kidnapping after he was captured on a hotel's surveillance video with Shaniya.