BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) – New details are emerging regarding the case involving 11-year old Janiya Thomas. On Friday Bradenton Police launched a missing child investigation after learning Janiya hadn’t been seen in more than a year. Investigators believe it was her body found in a freezer at a relative’s house on Sunday, but a preliminary autopsy failed to confirm the identity.
Thursday morning, the Bradenton Police Department tweeted “Due to circumstances, further medical examination and testing required. Therefore a positive identification of the body and the results will not be released at this time.”
Meanwhile, Janiya’s mother, Keishanna Thomas appeared before a judge on a contempt of court charge. The charge stems from her refusing to tell a judge about her daughter’s whereabouts. Again, Keishanna refused to speak in court. Judge Diana Moreland reset the hearing for Monday at 1:30 p.m. The hearing was initially scheduled for Friday morning but it was moved because the autopsy results are not yet available.
No one answered the door at the home on 21st. Way East in Bradenton where the body was found.
Maria Barger lives across the street and is friends with the family. She’s been in contact with family members since the gruesome discovery. “Considering the circumstances, they’re doing the best that they can,” said Barger. “They’re still in shock. Understandably. Everybody wants answers. The family wants answers.” Barger says those close to Thomas are upset she won’t tell anyone what happened. “They’re struggling. They’re trying to figure out why this was done. Why she involved them in this.”