Teen Arrested in Death of 11-year-old Abbiegail Smith

Abbiegail Smith was found dead Thursday morning. (KEANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT)

New Jersey police have made an arrest in the homicide of an 11-year-old New Jersey girl found dead after being reported missing on Wednesday.

Authorities say neighbor Andreas Erazo, 18, is charged with murder in the death of AbbieGail Smith, whose body was found in “the back area” of the Hancock Arms Apartments in Keansburg, where she lived with her mother.

“We were really hoping that we would find her,” Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Thursday, according to NBC 4. “It’s a punch in the gut for all of us here in the community, especially in law enforcement.”

Erazo is expected to appear in court later Friday.

Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine how she died.