Coroner says autopsy of 1-year-old Joliet girl inconclusive

The house is right in the center of what had been a massive search area scoured by more than 100 officers, multiple teams of bloodhounds, divers and volunteers ever since the 16-month old was reported missing by her mother, Sheri Gordon, on Tuesday evening.

Semaj Crosby's body was uncovered at a home in the 300 block of Louis Road in Joliet Township about 12 a.m. on Thursday, the Will County Sheriff's office said in a news release. There are no details on whether her body was concealed, but the coroner plans to do an autopsy Thursday. Officials say they're investigating the case as a suspicious death. DCFS spokeswoman Veronica Resa said in an email that DCFS personnel had been at the home about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday "and had seen all three of the mother's children, including Semaj".

Resa stated DCFS has been offering services to the family since September 2016. "But there were different people there off and on", Ackerson said.

"Last night, at approximately 11 P.M., after negotiations with the attorney that the family had hired, the attorney was able to convince the mother to give us consent to search the residence".

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The Will County Sheriff's Office said investigators will hold a news conference Thursday morning. Investigators said the family had been cooperative with the search. The girl is later seen by neighbors playing with other children in the front yard. I'm not surprised - unless somebody just up and took her. And, he said, based on statements from credible witnesses who saw the girl outside the house shortly before she vanished, authorities believed the girl was not inside.

Police say the initial indication was that the Semaj disappeared outside of the residence and that is why the search was conducted outdoors.

The mother has retained an attorney who Ackerson says has not allowed her to speak further.

After realizing Semaj had wandered away from the home, family members looked for the girl in the area until 6:30 p.m., when they called authorities, police said.

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