CLAYTON, NJ - Two teenage brothers have been arrested and charged with murder in the death of 12-year old Autumn Pasquale in Clayton, New Jersey.
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton announced the arrest of the teens, ages 15 and 17, in a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Autumn was last seen riding a white BMX bicycle away from her home in Clayton on Saturday afternoon. Her father contacted police Saturday night when she had not returned home. The community held a candlelight vigil for her on Monday evening. Her body was found in a recycling bin at 10 p.m. that evening just blocks from her home. Her bicycle was discovered at the home of the teenaged boys, next door to where the recycling bin was located.
The teens' mother contacted authorities after she became concerned about a facebook posting, according to Dalton. No information about the facebook posting or the identity of the boys has been released.
Prosecutor Dalton said a decision had not been made whether to charge them as adults, citing the ongoing investigation.
The 15-year old was also charged with one count of luring.
Investigators say Autumn's cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. There was no sign of sexual assault.
The teens turned themselves in with their attorney earlier Tuesday, Dalton said.
Autumn, a seventh-grader would have turned 13 on October 29th.