Diena Thompson to Daughter's Killer: 'We're Coming for You'
Finding Somer Thompson's Killer: Mom Vows Justice Florida officials search a vacant house 500 yards from where 7-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared. Mother Diena Thompson said she won't rest until her daughter's killer is caught. (AP Photo/ABC News)
Sheriff: 'I Fear for Our Community'
Police have worked their way through many of the 651 leads called into the tip line, with another 231 leads still to be assigned to the more than 50 law enforcement officials working the case around the clock.
Of the more than 150 registered sex offenders in the 5-mile radius where Somer was last seen, all but five have been interviewed so far, Justino said. Justino said investigators are still sifting through about 225 tons of garbage from the landfill where Somer's body was found in hopes of finding anything of "evidentiary value."
Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday he was concerned for the safety of area residents.
"There is a child killer on the loose. I fear for our community," he said.
"We feel very comfortable that we are going to solve this case," Beseler told "Good Morning America." Related
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Where Is Somer Thompson?
Beseler said he notified Somer's mother, Diena Thompson, Wednesday that they had found her little girl.
"I had to make one of the hardest calls I've ever had to make in my career last night," he said.
Thompson, both stunned and distraught, came to a vigil held in her daughter's memory Wednesday night and led mourners in a rendition of Somer's favorite song, "You Are My Sunshine."
Neighbor Anna Braddy told "Good Morning America" today that Thompson was in "total shock.
"She really didn't say much," Braddy said. "She just couldn't believe it was happening."
The community, she added, is now both fearful and angry that something like this could happen.
"You know we've lived in this neighborhood five years. We felt pretty safe," she said. "Personally, I'm just mad about the whole situation."
A group called Justice Coalition has put up a $45,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Somer's killer.
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