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Police Investigating Discovery of Girl's Body

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Metro Police set up a perimeter near Deer Springs Way and N. 5th Street. Metro Police set up a perimeter near Deer Springs Way and N. 5th Street.
Police investigate the discovery of a girl's body. Police investigate the discovery of a girl's body.
Jade Morris was last seen Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Jade Morris was last seen Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
A memorial is growing near the spot where a girl's body was found Thursday afternoon. A memorial is growing near the spot where a girl's body was found Thursday afternoon.

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old Las Vegas girl are investigating the discovery of a female child's body in an undeveloped housing tract in North Las Vegas.

Metro Police homicide Capt. Chris Jones said authorities didn't immediately know if the body is Jade Morris but it matches the girl's description. Some of Jade's family members were at the scene awaiting news.

"I can tell you that the likelihood (is) that this is our victim," Jones said.

Jade's grandfather said he is heartbroken.

"It's relieving, but it's heartbreaking because they found her, and she wasn't alive," said Phil Tucker, Jade's grandfather.

North Las Vegas police say a passer-by called 911 about noon to report finding a girl's body in a remote area near Dorrell Lane and N. 5th Street, about 10 miles north of downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police said Jade was last seen by her family about 5 p.m. last Friday with Brenda Stokes, the on- again, off-again girlfriend of Jade's father.

Stokes was arrested Friday night after she was accused of slashing a co-worker with razor blades at the Bellagio resort and casino. Stokes is now in jail. Police said Stokes has been uncooperative when asked about the missing girl.

Jade's mother told 8 News Now before that Stokes took the girl on a holiday shopping trip and never returned her. She declined to speak after the girl's body was discovered.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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