UPDATE: Ten Year Old Gas City Girl Found Deceased

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Sgt. Tony Slocum
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September 5, 2019


UPDATE: Ten Year Old Gas City Girl Found Deceased 

Ft Wayne – Yesterday, an autopsy was conducted on the body of ten year-old Skylea Carmack who had been found deceased, in a shed, behind her Gas City, IN home. 

The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Scott Wagner of the Ft Wayne Forensic Examination Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital in Ft Wayne. Dr Wagner determined Skylea’s cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation. Manner of death was homicide. 

There will be no further information released at this time.

Original Release From 8/4/31: 

Gas City – This morning at approximately 3:00 a.m., the four day search for missing 10-year-old Skylea Carmack has come to a tragic end. Skylea’s body was located in a shed behind her Gas City home. She was hidden inside a plastic trash bag.

This morning, Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested for the murder of Skylea Carmack, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death, and strangulation. She is currently incarcerated at the Grant County Jail. Amanda Carmack was Skylea’s step mother.

Preliminary evidence indicates Skylea was killed approximately between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Preliminary evidence indicates she was strangled. An autopsy will be conducted to verify her cause of death.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and community volunteers during the search for Skylea. The various agencies provided equipment, man power, intelligence gathering, and a host of other needed resources in an effort to find her. The agencies are too many to list in a press release, but their assistance was greatly appreciated. 

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