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Police investigating 10-year-old's disappearance expect to ID body found in North Las Vegas


This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Police Department shows Jade Moris, 10, who police are searching for after she failed to return home Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, from a shopping trip with a woman arrested that night and accused of slashing the face of a female co-worker at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The woman, Brenda Stokes, 50, made her first appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Police Department) (The Associated Press)

Authorities expect to know Friday whether a child's body found in an undeveloped housing tract belongs to a 10-year-old Las Vegas girl who has been missing for a week.

Las Vegas police homicide Capt. Chris Jones says investigators didn't immediately know if the body discovered Thursday is that of Jade Morris. But he says there's a "likelihood" that it's her.

Police say Jade was last seen by her family at about 5 p.m. Dec. 21 with Brenda Stokes. Stokes was arrested later that night after she was accused of slashing a co-worker with razor blades at the Bellagio resort casino.

Stokes is scheduled to make a court appearance in that case Friday morning.

Jones says Stokes hasn't cooperated in the investigation about the girl's whereabouts.

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