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12-year-old escapes, leads authorities to house with decomposing bodies, authorities say

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Posted at 7:41 AM, Aug 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 10:41:50-04

A 12-year-old is described as a hero after leading authorities to two decomposing bodies.

A driver reportedly spotted the girl walking along a rural Alabama road Monday morning. After calling 911, authorities said the girl led them to a house with two decomposing bodies inside.

"It's horrendous to have a crime scene of this nature and also a 12-year-old juvenile to deal with it," said Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett.

Court documents, obtained by WSFA, a TV station in Alabama, said the girl escaped after being tied up in the home for nearly a week. The girl was reportedly able to free herself by chewing through the restraints.

"She's a hero," Abbett said.

Authorities arrested Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes. He's facing numerous charges including capital murder and kidnapping.

It's unclear whether there was any relationship between the girl, Pascual-Reyes and the two people found dead in the house.