Authorities today identified the skeleton of a child found by volunteer searchers as Latonya Wilson, the 10th of 14 missing black children to be found dead in the past 15 months.
Atlanta Public Safety Commissioner Lee Brown said the Fulton County medical examiner had identified the skeleton as belonging to the 7-year-old girl, who police said was abducted from her home June 22.
The bodies of 10 missing black children have been found in the past 15 months. Four other children still are missing and police and city authorities have stepped up efforts to solve the baffling disappearances that have terrified Atlanta parents.
Brown said authorities have not determined how the girl died, but they are assuming "foul play" was involved.
The body was found Saturday shortly after noon not far from a railroad track in west Atlanta where the child lived. More than 300 volunteers took part in the search.
Meanwhile, hundreds of police and firefighters will begin door-to-door inquiries Monday in pursuit of the one clue that could make the investigation into the deaths and disappearances of the children "all come together."
Also Monday, the City Council plans to decide whether to impose a 90-day, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for children under 15 and whether to approve increasing a reward in the case by $20,000, to $50,000.
Up to 800 patrolmen and firefighters are expected to participate in the search for information on incidents that have left 10 black children dead and four others missing over the last 15 months.
An explosion that killed five blacks at a day care center a week ago provoked suspicions in the black community that the blast, killings and disappearances somehow were linked to a resurgence of Ku Klux Klan activity.
Authorities have said the day care center explosion was caused by a boiler.