Missing 11-year-old girl from Polk County found dead in Alabama

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The body of an 11-year-old girl from Polk County, who was reported missing Friday night, was found dead over the weekend.

DeKalb County (Alabama) Sheriff Nick Welden confirmed that Amberly Lee Barnett's body was found Saturday morning at around 6:30 a.m.

She was last seen Friday night at her aunt’s home in Collinsville.

Channel 2's Rikki Klaus spoke to the girl's mother exclusively Sunday night.

“Nobody should bury their 11-year-old child. Nobody should have hurt her," Jonie Barnett said.


Jonie Barnett fought back tears as she talked about her daughter.

"I couldn't have asked for a better daughter," she said.

Jonie Barnett said her daughter loved science, and was caring and smart.

"Come and do it to me. Don't do it to her. Don't take my baby," she said.

Welden released few details and did not give a cause of death. No arrests have been made.

“We are diligently, diligently pursuing different avenues,” Welden said.

A GoFundMe has been raised to help the family. You can learn more here.