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.