Missing 3-year-old girl found dead in Virginia river

BARREN SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities have found the body of a missing 3-year-old girl in the New River.
News outlets report the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death of Josie Burleson on Wednesday morning.

Kimberly Moore
Adrian Puckett

WDBJ7 says boats and search crews were on the water looking for the child overnight.
A friend of the family told the station the girl was last seen playing by the New River Trail in the western part of the state.
It’s unclear if anyone has been charged, or the circumstances surrounding Burleson’s disappearance.


WDBJ7 is now reporting that according to a press release from the Wythe County Sheriff’s office, the mother of the child, Kimberly Dawn Moore, and the boyfriend, Adrian Neil Puckett, have been arrested and charged with Felony Child Neglect with Reckless Disregard for life and Felony child endangerment.

Sheriff Dunagan said, after interviewing Moore and Puckett, they both stated the child was playing outside near the New River Trail and wandered off.

Authorities also disclosed both Moore and Puckett were under the influence of meth at the time Josie went missing. Further charges are possible.

They’re both being held at the New River Regional Jail without bond.