Searcher Recalls Day He Helped Find NC Girl's Body - WNCT

Searcher Recalls Day He Helped Find NC Girl's Body

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The man charged with raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl more than three years ago is going on trial.

The trial for 32-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill is scheduled to begin Monday in Cumberland County court. He's charged in the death of Shaniya Davis, whose body was found in November 2009 in Harnett County.

Her mother remains in jail on charges that she gave her daughter to McNeill to pay a drug debt.

A searcher who was at the scene when Shaniya's body was found says he'll never forget that day. Jeff Riccio was training officers from the U.S. Virgin Islands. One found Shaniya's body in a ravine, hidden by kudzu and surrounded by deer carcasses.

He says he's glad he at least brought closure to those looking for Shaniya.

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