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By Al Pefley  email

Orange Park, FL (WFLX)

More than a week since a north Florida girl was kidnapped and murdered,   authorities say they need help. Clay County sheriff Rick Beseler says despite getting hundreds  of leads, detectives have not nabbed Somer Thompson's killer.

Tuesday friends and relatives gathered for the funeral of seven year old Somer Thompson.

The little girl vanished last week in Orange Park on her way home from school.

Her body was found in a landfill in Georgia.

Wednesday  morning,  Beseler said if you know someone who has exhibited various changes in behavior, that could be a red flag that they were involved in Somer's disappearance and detectives are asking that you call them.  

"We have reason to believe that there are individuals who have information pertinent to this investigation who have yet to come forward because they didn't feel their information was important or relevant to this investigation," Sheriff Beseler said. 

The sheriff urged people to be alert for changes in behavior of their friends, co-workers and neighbors.

He listed ten things that may be reasons for concern.  The list includes things such as someone who leaves the area unexpectedly for what seems like a plausible reason such as going to work or to visit a relative.

A person who has unexplained injuries such as cuts and bruises to their head, arms or hands. 

Or if a person takes an unnatural interest in the status of the Somer Thompson investigation.

Someone who has stopped using their car or work vehicle for no obvious reason, and has sold it or given it away or has covered it or put it in a shed or garage. 

A person who has missed work or other routine engagements, particularly on October 19, the day Somer vanished. 

Someone who exhibits an increase or decrease in their expression of religious beliefs,  a person who has suddenly shaved their facial hair or head hair, or has suddenly started growing a beard or moustache, or exhibits increased nervousness or irritability. 

Any of those could be a warning sign, a red flag, that could help lead detectives to Somer's killer.   If you notice any of these things in someone you know, Beseler urges you to call their Tips Line at 877-277-6911.

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