Published Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sheriff: Arrest made in Griffin 9-year-old's death

ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities in Spalding County have arrested a 40-year-old man in the death of 9-year-old Griffin girl who was found dead in the woods overnight after going missing the day before.

The body of Skylar Dials was discovered about 2 a.m. Saturday off Yarbrough Mill Road in Spalding County after a widespread land and air search.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Shane Clifton Collett of Griffin was arrested later in the day.

Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam did not say what led authorities to Collett.

Authorities told Channel 2 Action News that the girl was known to walk through the woods where she was found. They said she was taking her usual path late Friday morning on the way to visit friends.

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