Missing Girl Found

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The body of a nine-year-old Florida girl has been found, more than three weeks after she disappeared from her bedroom.

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy says Jessica Lunsford's body was found during an overnight search in a densely wooded area, only about 150 yards away from the home the girl shared with her father and grandparents.

The discovery comes a day after officials said a registered sex offender confessed to kidnapping and killing the girl. Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford, visited the area Saturday morning. He told reporters his daughter is "home now."

The sheriff says four other people are being charged in connection with the case. He says three are charged with obstruction for failing to notify police when the suspect, John Couey, allegedly told them he had committed a crime. A fourth faced an unrelated child support charge.