Her body was found 10 days after she was reported missing, and now investigators are trying to find out who killed 13-year-old Janessa Shannon.
Shannon’s “badly decomposed” body was found July 12 by a hiker in a “heavily wooded area” of Triple Creek Nature Preserve, according to Bay News 9. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is treating her case as a homicide.
Shannon was reported missing July 2, and her father told officials she had run away before and was being punished for sneaking out, according to Bay News 9.
The girl’s father cooperated, but wouldn’t allow officials to search his home, according to Bay News 9.
An Amber Alert wasn’t issued because criteria for the alert weren’t met, including a suspect vehicle, Donna Lusczynski of the sheriff's office told Bay News 9.
"Our primary function now at this time is to find Janessa's killer," Lusczynski told Bay News 9. "We've been working diligently for the last several days."
No suspects have been named.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-873-8477.