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Autumn Pasquale: Authorities confirm body found in recycling container is missing 12-year-old New Jersey girl

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(CBS/AP) CLAYTON, N.J. - Authorities in New Jersey confirmed Tuesday that a body found Monday night in a recycling container is that of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale.

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Police have also reportedly found a bicycle matching the one Pasquale was last seen riding at the Clayton home where her body was found. The home is just blocks from where she is disappeared on Saturday.

Authorities have not said how she died but an autopsy is planned today.

Pasquale was found about 48 hours after her family reported her missing and two hours after community members held a candlelight vigil for her. Authorities say they don't have any suspects.

Pasquale had left her family's home on a white BMX bike Saturday afternoon. Neighbors tell The Associated Press there is a boy in the neighborhood known to steal bikes.

According to CBS New York, investigators arrived shortly before 9 a.m. at the house where the body was found. Authorities have not said where on the property the recycling bin was discovered, but Tuesday was trash collection day and many neighborhood residents had dragged their trash cans and recycling bins to the curb the night before.

The covered recycling bins are collected by an automated truck that picks them up and dumps the contents into the back, reports the station.

Police barricaded the block and mothers said they were keeping their kids out of school for the day. Even before the body was found, students reported that Spirit Week had been canceled.

Anyone with any information should call Clayton police at (856) 881-2300 or 2301 or the NJSP Missing Persons Unit at (800) 709-7090.

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