Autumn Pasquale Allegedly Strangled By Teens

The brothers, ages 15 and 17, are charged with first-degree murder.

Teenage brothers lured 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale into their house, strangled her and then dumped her body in a recycling bin, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. 

The Clayton, Gloucester County, girl had been missing since about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, when she left home on her white BMX Odyssey bicycle. After a relentless two-day search, her body was found in the bin outside a Clayton home late Monday night. 

Authorities on Tuesday arrested the brothers—ages 15 and 17—who live about five blocks from Pasquale's home. During a news conference in Clayton on Tuesday afternoon, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton declined to release their identities because of their ages. 

They each are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. Additionally, the 15-year-old was charged with luring. 

The teens lured the girl into their home by telling her they had parts for her bicycle, according to the prosecutor. 

An autopsy performed Tuesday morning showed Pasquale died of blunt force trauma consistent with strangulation, according to Dalton. He said there was no indication Pasquale was sexually assaulted. 

The teen's mother contacted authorities after seeing a Facebook post from one of her sons regarding Pasquale, Dalton said. He declined to elaborate. 

Authorities executed a search warrant Tuesday at the teenagers' home. 

"The search recovered personal belongings of Autumn's in the juveniles' residence," including her bicycle, Dalton said. 

Dalton said his office may seek to try the teens as adults. A detention hearing for the juveniles is expected to take place Wednesday in Family Court in Woodbury. 

The case attracted media from as far away as New York to the small borough. In addition to dozens of members of the media, several Clayton residents also attended Tuesday's press conference. Some of them wiped away tears as Dalton provided the grisly details of Pasquale's death. 

Dalton credited local residents for banding together to help in the search for Pasquale. 

"Today we mourn the loss of a young girl whose life was tragically cut short before it even began," Dalton said. "I know a lot of you are angry, and you have a right to be angry. At this point, we need to put anger aside. We have to let justice take its course."

precious pisces October 25, 2012 at 01:01 AM
A mind is a terrible thing to waste!! You should have stayed in school.
Ridgewooder October 25, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Lock them up. FOREVER.
Danny L October 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
MoistCake, you are the single voice of rationality here. I completely agree.
roger October 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
two bottom feeders of life, good luck with that charge hope u guys like it in the @$&
6776mt October 25, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Progress of society?? They are healthy, young, strong men ...put them to work... Real work! The USA will have too many employee benefits if we put them to work here! 20 minute break after every 3 hours of work...free health care. Etc....
M. Justicel October 25, 2012 at 05:28 AM
(0) if I need to work on my reading comprehension then you do as well. I did not say you were against the death penalty or punishment for these two juveniles. You answered extremely childish with calling Michael a Troll. That's his opinion like you have yours. Fueling the political rhetoric doesn't help the situation. I agree with you about using politics in this situation, it has no business. Lastly, insulting my intelligence by pointing out my inability to understand what I'm reading is absurd! Before you point out individual discrepancies, look at your own. Not one capital letter in any sentence and terrible punctuation. Unless your perfect, don't chastise others!
M. Justicel October 25, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Amen Roger
stacie bohr October 25, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Michael, I actually deleted my comment against yours just after I submitted it. I realized what you were saying after I retread it. My apologies.
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Hookerman October 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Michael, I fail to see how this is a political issue. Please tell me what exact laws you feel should have been in place that would have protected this girl.
Eric October 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM
If you're turning this tragedy into an opportunity to voice your political views you need a good slap in the mouth and a lesson in manners. Shut up and go troll the political blogs. This poor girl is dead, have some respect and a little class.
stacie bohr October 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Really!!! This isn't the first time this week I've seen this. I was confused at first and thought it was a mistake.
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Pardon...I'm talking about the Louis Vuitton ads. Russ, Jason...huh?
Tee Smyth October 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM
@ Hoboken: Are you a member of the Action Network or the Rainbow Coalition? If not, hush. Me thinks I know more on this subject than you. Fin.
kittye October 25, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thanks, Eric. Well said.
Joe Pinero October 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
May her soul rest in peace.
Ellejay October 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Wow really? A precious child's life has been taken too soon and you idiots harp on race? One has to wonder, if children with authority figures like you to look to for guidance even have a fair chance of becoming productive and sane members of society. With that said, no wonder an unfortunate few grow up to become monsters if all they know is hate. Rather it be Autumn Pasquale or Treyvon Martin, both are children who died violently and that should be the discussion!!! The main concern should be how can we protect our children, not mommy and daddy's generalizations of a whole group of people. My prayers go out to Autumn and her family.
Baba O'Riley October 25, 2012 at 06:58 PM
To Tee Smith: Here is what the Spath / Pannell case has to do with Autumn and her alleged killers. If two white youths had killed a young black girl; certain (community and political) leaders would be all over the media and in Clayton letting everyone know that justice is needed and that the girl was targeted (because of her color). Go back to that night in Teaneck: I was driving past the church when the Memorial service was letting out and you could see anger in the eyes of those leaving (the church). Shortly thereafter the riot started; funny thing is that we do not see riots or politicians grandstanding when the stituation is reversed (like here). PS: we know that Philip Pannell had a criminal record, was a member of a (drug) gang, was carrying a weapon and attempted to shoot at the police (prior to him being shot).
Tee Smyth October 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Baba. You are so incorrect on multiple levels; PARTICULARLY with the facts, that it tells me that this is not even worthy of further engagement. I was there that night and many other nights and days and months that followed. I remember everything like it happened yesterday, and could go back to journals written during that time to refresh my recollection if need-be. I will simply advise that you're incorrect. As for Sharpton and Jackson: I've said above that they come when called. Has the mom requested their presence? Good day.
Hookerman October 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM
If people disapprove so much of Sharpton/Jackson playing the race card with white on back crimes, then why do the same with this case???
Baba O'Riley October 25, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Tee, please let me know how I am wrong. I know I am not wrong about the background of Philip Pannell and his actions that evening. Some further questions: Why did the storeowners on Teaneck Road had to have their store windows smashed? Did they do anything wrong? Same applies to the cars that were vandalized. As I said before, I was in Teaneck that night and following nights as a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard. As has been stated, what would be the case if two white youths had killed an innocent girl of the opposite race? You tell me. Both cases are tragedies for all of the families involved as well as their respective communities.
Baba O'Riley October 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I would like to know why they are silent in this case. I would like to know why they are not out for justice for poor Autumn and her family. I would like to know how they are going to heal the community.
Tee Smyth October 25, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Here you go. No one said anything about store owners, etc. What a flying leap! Again. Your mind is made up already, and it's not my job to change it for you b/c I don't care enough about you (sorry if that's harsh) to do so. You've also posted some inconsistencies in your "story." I'm done here. Have a good day.
Christina Aquino October 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Has anyone determined whether these kids had a father living with them?
Vicki October 27, 2012 at 09:55 PM
@Christina parents are divorced. I think it said he lives in Glassboro...
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