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.
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.
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.