Autumn Pasquale: Authorities say two teen brothers arrested, charged with murder in NJ girl's slaying
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said Autumn died of blunt force trauma in a manner consistent with strangulation. He said the death had been ruled a homicide and that there were no signs of sexual assault.
The brothers, ages 15 and 17, were each charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, tampering with evidence, disposing of a body. Police said the brothers turned themselves in to authorities on Tueday.
Dalton said the boys' mother contacted authorities about a posting on one of her sons' Facebook account, which helped lead police to the boys. After obtaining a search warrant, police found personal belongings at the brothers' residence, including Autumn's white BMX bike, which she had been seen riding before her disappearance.
Autumn was last seen around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, riding her bike away from her house, authorities said. Her body was found around 10 p.m. Monday evening in recycling bin near her home.
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