A New Jersey prosecutor is defending the law enforcement response to the disappearance of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale who was found killed, her body stuffed into a recycling bin.

Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)

The family of Autumn Pasquale has accused law enforcement of not launching an intensive enough search in the hours after she was first reported missing Saturday night.

Pasquale's body was found Monday night only blocks from her home in the town of Clayton. Two teenage brothers were charged Tuesday with murder in her death.

Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton says investigators worked around the clock to find Autumn and "poured their hearts and souls" into the investigation. He says it's time "to start the healing process and let the justice system move forward."

The girl's funeral is Saturday.

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