August 20, 2004 -- Posted at 5:45 a.m. CDT
GILMORE, AR - The search for a missing Crittenden County girl has come to an end. Patricia Ann Miles was found dead Thursday.
Thomas Martin, Criminal Investigator with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department, explained, "Around 7:00pm this evening a First Responder who had a grid of our search pattern for tomorrow, located the body of a black young female."
Miles' body was found in a soybean field on Highway 77 near Denwood. It's an area about a mile and a half north of Mississippi County Road 91 -- about 2 miles from where her shoes and bicycle were located on Monday.
About one hour after the discovery, the Arkansas State Police canceled the Amber Alert that began hours after her disappearance Sunday morning.
"At this time she has not been positively identified," added Martin.
Divers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Dive Team had searched the Tyronza River at Highway 118 in Poinsett County earlier in the day, but found nothing. They got out of the water around 4:30pm.
About 3 hours later, family members made a statement about what the last 5 days have been like without the 7 year old girl they call T.T..
Vickie Robertson, Patricia Ann Miles' aunt who adopted her, explained, "It's been torture, and I wouldn't wish this on any family. Not just us, but all of our siblings, her birth mother and her grandmothers, everyone. It's been torturing, and no family should have to go through this."
Around 8:30pm, someone told family members a body may have been discovered in rural Mississippi County.
"The coroner arrived. Pronounced the body dead at 10:17pm," explained Thomas Martin. "The family was notified at 10:20pm."
About the same time family members started grieving her death, rain started to fall on Mississippi County soil.
Stephen Chitman, a family pastor from 2nd St. John Baptist Church in West Memphis, spoke on behalf of Patricia Miles' relatives after they received news of her death, "You know this is terrible for this to happen to a little girl, and it's just terrible that our society resorted to taking an innocent child's life."
Thomas Martin said no other items were found near Patricia Ann Miles. He wouldn't comment on the condition of her body, but said she was found about 25 yards off of the highway in an area that had already been searched. A medical examiner will have to determine how long the 7 year old girl had been there. Investigators still aren't sure in which county she was killed.