Updated at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
(AP) Authorities searching for a 15-year-old girl who disappeared while delivering newspapers recovered a body Wednesday, and the girl’s sister said it was the missing paper carrier.
Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Huffman confirmed that a body had been found but would not say if it was Heather Guerrero.
Her older sister, Elise Guerrero, told Scottsbluff radio station KNEB Wednesday that Heather’s body had been found about noon at an abandoned house by Lake Minatare, about 12 miles from her home. She said her family and friends had been searching the area and her father called to tell her the news.
Heather was last seen before 6 a.m. Tuesday when she began her paper route. Her parents called police about an hour later when she didn’t return home. Police Chief Mel Griggs has said witnesses saw a car speeding from the area.
Last August, another carrier for the same newspaper, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald — also a 15-year-old girl — was sexually assaulted while at work in the pre-dawn hours, police said. That case remains unsolved.