Police believe to have found body of missing girl

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Bradenton investigators believe they have found the body of a missing 11-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since 2014.

A medical examiner will determine if the remains are confirmed to be Janiya Thomas.

The girl's mother, Keishanna Thomas, is being held in jail after refusing to tell authorities where her daughter is located.

Janiya Thomas has not been seen August of 2014, according to Bradenton police.

Authorities first learned of her disappearance on Friday, when the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Child Protective Service went to her mother's west Bradenton apartment to remove Janiya and her four siblings from the home.

Authorities were removing the children because of a child abuse complaint that was filed in late September. Police said a previous complaint showed that Thomas had five children, including Janiya.

According to investigators, the 31-year-old could not explain to authorities where her daughter was located.

Thomas was arrested and brought before a juvenile judge, where she again refused to provide information on her daughter's whereabouts.

The judge ordered Thomas to be held in contempt of court at the Manatee County JaiI.

According to court records, Keishanna Thomas has been arrested for violating probation and prostitution in the past.

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