SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. - Authorities in Allen County, Kentucky said the discovery of a 7-year-old’s body was being investigated as a homicide.
Officials with the Kentucky State Police said the body of young Gabriella Doolin was found just after 8 p.m. Saturday night in a creek in a wooded area behind Allen County-Scottsville High School.
Gabriella, known as Gabbi to her friends and family, had been attending a football game to watch her older brothers play when she went missing.
According to troopers, Gabbi was reported missing by her mother around 7:40 p.m. Her body was found a short time later.
An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday to determine the cause of death. Kentucky State Police troopers said it was being treated as a homicide due to the state in which she was found and other evidence located at the scene.
At this point, authorities said they do not have a description of the suspect.
Friends and family held a prayer vigil in Scottsville at the Allen County Public Library on West Main Street at 6 p.m. Sunday. Hundreds gathered to remember the life of little Gabbi.
"We as a community Brian [Gabbi's father], stand with you," said Shane Britt, Chaplain of the Allen County Sheriff's Office, at the vigil. "This whole town stands with you tonight. We're praying for you. We're crying with you. We're mourning with you. We stand with you. And we're also praying that soon the people, the individual that did this, will be brought to justice. Amen."
On social media, Gabbi’s father asked for continued prayers and said, “I would of gladly traded places with my baby girl.. I don't know why anyone would do this to a baby or anyone for that matter!”
The investigation was being handled by those at KSP Post 3. State troopers were being assisted by the Scottsville Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and Allen County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information on this child’s murder has been urged to contact KSP Post 3 at 270-782-2010.
A gofundme account has been set up to help the family out with funeral expenses. To donate, click here.