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Search for missing Texas baby girl Nadia Lee turns to landfill

A Houston rescue and recovery group sifted through a Texas landfill in a desperate search for a missing 2-year-old girl who was last seen in her father’s apartment.

The Texas EquuSearch group said Monday that 20 people dug through the private landfill looking for any signs of baby Nadia Lee who went missing Oct. 16 from the Lone Star town of Pasadena, according to local reports.

EquuSearch founder and director Tim Miller told the TV station the team was carefully scouring the landfill just off the freeway.

“Literally, just cut every bag and everything,” he said.

“I just hope we can put an end to it. I sure hope it isn’t here, but just in case it is, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

Miller also warned that the search for Lee was running out of time.

“Time is not on our side,” Miller told KHOU. “I don’t think any of us are expecting this happy ending.

“We believe in miracles, and it would definitely take a miracle to bring her back to life right now,” Miller added.

Baby Nadia Lee went missing last month and police believe she may be dead.
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The toddler’s father, Jyron Lee, 26, allegedly killed his common-law wife Nancy Reed, 22, during an argument over their children’s discipline, authorities say.

He is still being held in the Harris County Jail, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Police have been treating the little girl’s disappearance as a homicide since Oct. 21, the newspaper reported.

“We received information, as well as physical evidence and digital forensic evidence to determine that foul play was involved,” Houston Police Sgt. Blake Roberts said, according to KTRK-TV.

Search for missing Texas baby girl Nadia Lee turns to landfill
The search has now turned to a landfill near the highway.

Authorities searched for her in wooded areas near her father’s home and have released no new information on her whereabouts, the Chronicle reported.

The landfill excavated this week is about the size of a football field, according to KHOU. Officials said they may need to dig up to eight feet deep.

Jyron Lee’s children, 1 and 3, were present when the alleged murder took place and are now in the custody of child protective services, according to KTRK.

Search for missing Texas baby girl Nadia Lee turns to landfill
Jyron Lee is accused of killing his common-law wife Nancy Reed.
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The couple had five children together, according to the family.

“It’s heartbreaking. It really is,” Nadia Lee’s grandmother, Nora Reed, told the station. “My heart is breaking in two. “I just hope we find the baby, we find Nadia.”


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