FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- Police say a 13-year-old girl reported missing Thursday has been found dead in a park in the Northern California city of Fairfield.
Officer Cleo Mayoral, a Fairfield police spokesman, says a passer-by discovered the girl's naked body a little before 7 a.m. Friday in the city's Alan Witt Park.
Eric May tells News 10 he found the girl's body Friday morning.
"The first thing I did is I yelled at her. I yelled at her. Wake up! What are you doing there? Wake Up! No response, and then I reached down and I touched her. She's cold, cold! I knew there was no life left there," explains May.
Mayoral says the girl was reported missing around 5:45 p.m. Thursday after she had left a foster home in nearby Suisun City. Her name hasn't been released.
Fairfield Police Sergeant Rob Lenke explains the department remains vigilant.
"We're all parents, we all have families. Any time you are working with a young child, especially 13 years old, it definitely heightens everybody," explains Sergeant Rob Lenke with Fairfield Police.
Saturday, friends of the girl laid flowers and candles in a memorial to honor her life.
"That 13-year-old girl was my friend," says Kayla Silva.
Silva tells News 10 the girl was a foster child and a 7th grader at Green Valley Middle School. She says she loved to sing.
"We practiced singing. We used to hang out. Talk about girl stuff, drama, friends. You know, girl stuff," Silva explains.
Even those who didn't know the girl were affected by the news and visited the teen's memorial.
"[I came] to show her that we cared about her and she's just not a lost soul. She's someone that mattered," says Olivia Griffin.
May is hoping the killer has a guilty conscience.
"Please turn yourself in, please."
An autopsy was performed, but Lenke says officials aren't releasing the results. He did say that when the girl's body was found there were no obvious signs of trauma.
No suspect information has been released, but Mayoral says detectives were canvassing neighborhoods and checking video images from surveillance cameras as part of their investigation.