Missing 5-year-old girl found ‘deceased and concealed’ inside Ohio restaurant

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Nearly 24 hours after authorities began searching for a missing 5-year-old in Ohio, the girl's body was discovered in the same restaurant where she was last seen.

Ashley Zhao, 5, was found dead Tuesday night inside her parents' eatery, Ang’s Asian Cuisine, authorities confirmed.

Police determined the child was found “deceased and concealed inside the building,” according to WJW-TV.

Police, with the assistance of the FBI and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in cooperation with the Stark County Coroner’s Office, continue to investigate her death.

Ashley was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday. Jackson Township police had said they believed she wandered out the back door.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office issued a missing child alert for Ashley just before noon Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, officers used dogs to search a wooded area behind the restaurant. The Jackson Township Fire Department used a drone and a ladder truck to help with the search.

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