Police Chief Reflects on Janaya Thompson Tragedy

On this tragic one year anniversary, the Gulfport Police Department is also reflecting.
Police Chief Leonard Papania tells News 25 it was with heavy hearts they ended their overnight search for Janaya after a K-9 discovered her body. He said hope always remains when looking for missing children, no matter how grim the feeling you have inside. He describes the discovery as crushing.
Despite the tragedy, Papania says the outpouring of support from the community makes him proud to call Gulfport home. “This tragedy, it drew out the best and the morning we were out looking so many people in the community were just like “what can we do, what can we do?” The way the community has embraced her family has been tremendous and it speaks highly of the character of the people that live here.”

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