Body found in search for missing Indiana toddler, man arrested

SPENCER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities searching for a missing 1-year-old girl in Indiana found a body that matches her description and have taken a man into custody in connection with her disappearance.

Indiana State police spokesman Curt Durnil says the body, which matches the description of Shaylyn Ammerman, was found Thursday night near a river northeast of Gosport.

The Owen County coroner’s office will perform an autopsy Friday to establish the identity and cause of death.

Shaylyn disappeared from her father’s home in Spencer early Wednesday, prompting a search by more than 100 people including a search-and-rescue team and FBI agents.

Durnil says a 22-year-old Spencer man is being held in connection with her disappearance. He says investigators know the man was in the house the night Shaylyn went missing but don’t his exact role in the case.