NEVAEH BUCHANAN: 5-year-old abducted and murdered in Michigan - 2009

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Nevaeh Buchanan's body was found 11 years ago; her murder is still unsolved

It has been 11 years since the body of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan was found along the River Raisin on June 4, more than two weeks after she was reported missing from the Charlotte Arms apartment complex in Monroe.

Her murder is still unsolved, but her family has not lost their resolve to find out what happened to Nevaeh.


Nevaeh, who would have turned 16 in February, was last seen alive the day before Memorial Day when she vanished from the parking lot where she lived.

About ten days and ten miles from where Nevaeh was last seen, her little body was found buried and covered in cement along the River Raisin.

Smith says the place where Nevaeh's body was not easy to get to, and finds it hard to believe that no one saw anything regarding her disappearance.

An autopsy report indicates that Nevaeh may have been buried alive. The Detroit Free Press reported in 2009 the report said testing on Nevaeh's body, including her lungs, shows she died after inhaling dirt.

But the report did not mention whether or not she was sexually assaulted.

Nevaeh's grandmother, who has since passed away, said on the seven-year anniversary of Nevaeh's death that she believes the person who abducted and killed Nevaeh knew her granddaughter.

In 2009, two men, George Kennedy, 39, and Roy Lee Smith, 48, both friends of Nevaeh's mother, were arrested as possible suspects. Both men are registered sex offenders, yet neither was ever formally charged.

Her family still has no answers of who could've taken Nevaeh in broad daylight, and are still pleading for witnesses to come forward with any little detail they may remember about that day.
 

Mel70

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Previously convicted. OF COURSE!!!. I think whoever killed her knew her too. Covering her with cement!!!! Who takes time to do that?. Buried alive?!!! EVIL!!!
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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I always thought that those early arrests were probably the right people. But police don't seem to think so. Connection to Nevaeh (one was dating her mom). Previous convictions for sexual assaults against children. But, at the same time, a guy who leaves a bloody towel and "sharp tool" laying around...is he really smart enough to get away with this?

But also, they never did release if she was sexually assaulted. And they have a newer suspect...just no evidence to prove it.

Very, very little info released over the past 10 years. So sad. :(
 

Mel70

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I always thought that those early arrests were probably the right people. But police don't seem to think so. Connection to Nevaeh (one was dating her mom). Previous convictions for sexual assaults against children. But, at the same time, a guy who leaves a bloody towel and "sharp tool" laying around...is he really smart enough to get away with this?

But also, they never did release if she was sexually assaulted. And they have a newer suspect...just no evidence to prove it.

Very, very little info released over the past 10 years. So sad. :(
Sorry. But the Mother knowingly dating someone like that. Uh uh. The description of finding her is horrific. Poor baby.
 

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