A Tennessee family is experiencing unimaginable grief after 12-year-old Yhoana Arteaga was found murdered in her mobile home last week.
What makes the tragedy even sadder is that approximately an hour before Yhoana was found dead at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the young girl sent her mother a text message to say that someone was knocking at the door, reports the Tennesseean. The girl's mother, who last saw her daughter when they had lunch that day at 12:30 p.m., 14-year-old sister and 10-year-old brother found Yhoana's body at 6:45 p.m.
According to authorities, the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the body and they believe Yhoana may have known her killer due to a lack of forced entry. According to the Tennesseean, the 7th-grader was using crutches at the time of her death after a skating accident.
"She was brutally murdered, and if anyone has any information whatsoever that could help in this investigation, please contact us," Nashville Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said during a press conference on Tuesday, told WRKN.
Metro police are still running DNA and fingerprint tests, canvasing the area and reaching out to the public with messages in both English and in Spanish to help find Yhoana's killer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.