GBI: Arrest made in North Ga. girl's slaying

December 7, 2011 - 3:00 PM
Missing Girl Georgia

This handout photo provided Monday Dec. 5, 2011, by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, shows Jorelys Rivera, 7, of Canton, Ga. A team of state law enforcement officials specially trained in child abductions has been brought in to join the search for the 7-year-old Georgia girl missing since Friday. (AP Photo/Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department)

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they have charged a man with murder in the beating death of a 7-year-old north Georgia girl, who was abducted and killed at an apartment complex and her body left in a trash bin.

Authorities say 20-year-old Ryan Brunn of Canton was arrested on a murder warrant Wednesday afternoon.

Jorelys Rivera was last seen Friday evening leaving the playground to walk back home to get drinks for her friends. Her body was found three days later.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan has called the killing "very calculated and planned."

Autopsy results showed the girl died of blows to the head and was stabbed and sexually assaulted before her body was placed in a trash bin at the complex.