Discuss as:

Clayton NJ residents face grisly news - missing girl's body found

Joseph Kaczmarek / AP

Gina Bateman, left, and her sister Carmen Bateman watch as investigators gather at a house on Clayton Avenue in Clayton N.J. on Oct. 23, after the discovery of a girl's body in a home's recycling bin.

Joseph Kaczmarek / AP

Investigators gather at a house on Clayton Avenue in Clayton N.J. on Oct. 23, after the discovery of a girl's body in a home's recycling bin.

Joseph Kaczmarek / AP

An investigators photographs evidence in the back yard of a house in Clayton, N.J. on Oct. 23, after the discovery of a girl's body in a home's recycling bin.

Joseph Kaczmarek / AP

Clayton Mayor Tom Bianco speaks to members of the news media Clayton, N.J. on Oct. 23.

By NBC News staff and wire

A relative confirmed Tuesday that a body found in a Clayton, N.J., recycling container is that of missing 12-year-old girl Autumn Pasquale, The Associated Press reported.

Paul Spadafora, the girl's uncle, thanked the community Tuesday morning for helping search for Autumn, whose body was found in a recycling bin at a Clayton home around 10 p.m. Monday, according to The AP. No arrests have been announced so far and authorities said they don't have any suspects.

Autumn was last seen around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday leaving her Clayton home while riding a white BMX bike to a friend's house. The girl’s parents called police after she never made it to that friend's house. Full story.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports the bike was found late Tuesday morning and brought out from inside the house to the audible gasp of those gathered at the scene.

Joseph Kaczmarek / AP

A teen who declined to be identified is overcome with grief after visiting the crime scene on Clayton Avenue in Clayton, N.J. on Oct. 23.

Thousands of people gathered earlier in the evening on Monday for a tearful candlelight vigil to pray for her safe return.