8-year-old girl found hanging from tree in St. Clair County - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

8-year-old girl found hanging from tree in St. Clair County

Police have cordoned off the area where Katelynn Arnold was found. Police have cordoned off the area where Katelynn Arnold was found.
Officials have confirmed that the victim attended Ragland Elementary School. Officials have confirmed that the victim attended Ragland Elementary School.
RAGLAND, AL (WBRC) -

Authorities with the City of Ragland and St. Clair County are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl.

The girl was found Thursday hanging from a tree at her family's home on Poplar Ridge Lane, according to the St. Clair County Coroner, Dennis Russell. He calls the death suspicious.

The coroner has identified the girl as Katelynn Arnold. Her body was discovered just after 9 p.m. Thursday, May 10, according to the AP.

Neighbors say the rope the girl was hanging from was at one time part of an old tire swing. The coroner described it as "like a big cotton rope."

Officials from Ragland Elementary School say Katelynn was a student there. They plan to have grief counselors on hand Friday for students.

Neither the Ragland Police Department nor the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office have made an official statement on the girl's death. A press conference has been called for 1 p.m.

The girl's body has been taken to Huntsville for an autopsy.

Check back with this story for updates.

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