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Murdered Girl's Dad Sues Police, Says 'Law Enforcement Failed' in Search

October 27, 2014  | 

A 12-year-old New Jersey girl's estate is claiming local police failed to follow the correct procedures in their 2012 search for her, therefore "failing" the murder victim and her family, reports the South Jersey Times.

The estate, which is comprised of Autumn's father, Anthony Pasquale, and her two siblings, filed suit against six municipalities, three Clayton Police officers, the state police, and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, stating they failed to utilize "adequate law enforcement techniques."

Autumn Pasquale was reported missing on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Her body was found two days later, stuffed into a recycling bin on an abandoned property adjacent to the home of 15-year-old Justin Robinson, who later pleaded guilty to her murder. She was strangled the day she disappeared, according to autopsy reports.

The lawsuit, filed in Gloucester County's Superior Court, claims law enforcement should have implemented the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) — a "multi-disciplinary approach to responding to missing or abducted children" — as soon as Autumn was reported missing, rather than the next day. It also claims local and state police refused assistance from Joseph Nicholas, a retired law enforcement investigator.

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kevCopAz @ 10/27/2014 5:10 PM

Granted this is a sad situation, but really Why do they think there are protocols like this? If Police had to put a full scale hunt out for every missing teen there would be so much cost and wasted man power the citizens have no idea. If there was NOT evidence of actual abduction, only the fact that she was "missing" then the PD did the same thing that every other PD would do in the USA. The parent perhaps should look to other reasons why a 12 year old came up missing? Lack of supervision? Has she ran away before? etc etc. I am so sick of every ill in society is placed onto the PD to either stop, solve or prevent yet every time we turn around tool are taken away from PDs and we are given less resources to do so. Im so glad Im retired now, Im sick of ungrateful, irresponsible whiney citizens who think they know bester then everyone else. It would be typical of these same type of parents to complain when ":MY CHILD" was stopped ("harassed") by PD etc etc. We have all heard it before

Carlos @ 10/27/2014 5:36 PM

I'm sorry for their loss. But it sure sounded like she was killed as soon as she disappeared. Some scumbag civil attorney must have convinced them that implementing that CART a day early could have saved the victim and that they "deserve" to get rich off her death.

If they really feel that strongly about it; why don't they sue the killer's estate? I hope they lose their case.

TheRookie @ 10/27/2014 10:22 PM

Very sad deal all the way around. With that said why, what, & how come the parents or other kids didn't know where she was at? A 15 & 12 year old were most likely horse playing. I'd almost bet his hormones got the best of him, he wanted something, & it became a mess. Parents have got to start taking responsibility for where their kids are & when they're not at the right place(s).

plato's playdough @ 11/9/2014 1:28 AM

2 brothers killed her, see their picture. No really, see the picture.

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