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Missing 5-year-old New Mexico girl found dead during search by FBI

ESPANOLA, New Mexico - Authorities say they have found the body of a 5-year-old New Mexico girl who was reported missing Sunday.

FBI Special Agent James Langenberg, who heads the agency’s Albuquerque office, said during a brief news conference Wednesday in Espanola that Renezmae Calzada’s remains had been found. He did not say where.

Langenberg did not take questions after stating the investigation into Renezmae’s case would continue. He says authorities were working to identify who might be responsible for her death.

Authorities say the girl was last seen Sunday morning outside her home in Espanola, and she was reported missing that evening. Authorities have not explained why there was a delay.

Crews had entered their fourth day of searching for the girl, when they made a heartbreaking discovery.

Langenberg says the search for Renezmae included Espanola and 2 miles of the Rio Grande.

A man who authorities said they believed might be connected to Renezmae’s case and was arrested on unrelated warrants has not been identified as a suspect.

A vigil was slated to take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Gazebo at Espanola Plaza to celebrate the young girl's life.


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