Ga. police chief quits over negative report

Canton cops failed to follow procedure when 7-year-old girl reported missing

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ATLANTA -- The police chief of Canton, Ga., has resigned after a report found his department violated its policies while investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found days later in a trash compactor at her apartment complex.

Canton City Manager Scott Wood said Thursday that Canton Police Chief Jeff Lance stepped down after an independent review revealed his department made mistakes in the search for Jorelys Rivera.

The report found the department treated the case as a routine “runaway or missing child and she would turn up.”

A 20-year-old maintenance worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting and killing Rivera and was sentenced to life in prison. Ryan Brunn said he lured the girl into a vacant apartment and killed her within about an hour.

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formerlawman1217
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formerlawman1217 01/19/12 - 04:11 pm
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not every missing child case

not every missing child case is routine and is a runanway or just a missing child. no call is ever routine. therefore they should have exercised all factors in the case. sad that they knew how to do this but didnt follow up correctly.

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BamaMan 01/19/12 - 04:34 pm
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A 7 year old is NOT a

A 7 year old is NOT a "routine runaway or missing" child, for crying out loud.

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urright 01/19/12 - 05:30 pm
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I wonder how long she was

I wonder how long she was missing before the police were called? She may have been dead before they were notified. She was murdered within "about an hour."
The department should be held responsible for not finding her body faster--7-year-olds don't run away in the legal sense of the term.

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happychimer 01/19/12 - 08:57 pm
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And today the killer commited

And today the killer commited suicide.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 01/19/12 - 09:06 pm
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Yes, thanks Brunn!! I

Yes, thanks Brunn!! I appreciate you saving our taxpayers money!

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