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10-year-old’s death officially ruled a homicide

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Forensic officials completed the autopsy for the 10-year-old girl found wrapped in a garbage bag inside a shed behind her Gas City home this week.

It confirmed what they already knew.

Skylea Carmack had been strangled to death, and it was a homicide.

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Officials from the Fort Wayne Forensic Examination Unit completed the autopsy.

On Saturday, Aug. 31, Skylea’s stepmother, 34-year-old Amanda Carmack, reported the girl missing in person.

Officials issued a Silver Alert for the girl.

Over the weekend and into the week, local residents fired up a robust volunteer effort, going door to door, with flyers displaying Skylea’s picture.

The search came to a halt Wednesday morning around 3 a.m. Wednesday at her Gas City home.

Indiana State Police say they found the body of Skylea Rayn Carmack inside a shed at her family home wrapped in a plastic trash bag, and the person who reported her missing in the first place is now facing charges in her death.

Police arrested her step-mother, 34-year-old Amanda Carmack, on murder, neglect of a dependent, strangulation and domestic battery charges.

Investigators believe Skylea was killed between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Official charges could come as soon as this week.

Police say at this point no one else was involved.

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Wednesday evening, the community gathered at the town’s library to pay tribute to Skylea with a candlelight memorial. 

Friends of the family also created a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral costs.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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