Abbiegail Smith, 11, found dead behind apartment days after reported missing


Abbiegail Smith, 11, found dead behind apartment days after reported missing

The prosecutor said Friday morning Andreas Erazo has been arrested on a murder charge in the death of 11-year-old Abbiegail Smith in Keansburg.

Abbiegail Smith was found Thursday morning near the apartment building where she lived in Keansburg.

Officials say her remains were found with the help of police K-9s, near what is being described as a large container, around 10:45 a.m. Erazo is said to be an upstairs neighbor. Abbiegail was last seen around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the apartment she shared with her mother on Hancock Street. Reeves, who worked with AbbieGail's mother as a nursing assistant at the Arnold Walter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center a couple years ago, said she frequently referred to her daughter as "Queen Abbie".

This is a developing story; check back for updates and get the PIX11 News app to stay informed all day. Andreas Erazo reportedly lives in the same building as the girl.

Judge Richard English ordered Erazo held without bail pending a detention hearing Wednesday.

A cause of death has not yet been determined and authorities do not believe Smith's family was involved in her disappearance or death.

"I spoke to the loved ones of AbbieGail Smith", said Gramiccioni.

"We were really hoping that we would find her", Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Thursday, according to NBC 4. "They did ask me to convey to the public and the media that what they want out of this is justice, and it's my job and my staff's job to do the best at delivering that for them".

"'Mom, that's a friend I went to school with on the TV, '" Santamaria said her son told her when AbbieGail's death was broadcasted on their television. Gloved investigators were seen carrying black tarps and other potential evidence while others set up a makeshift tent around the apparent crime scene.

"AbbieGail was a wonderful young girl", John Niesz, the superintendent of Keansburg schools, said in a statement.