ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The identity of the 12-year-old girl who was found dead in bushes in the Riversdale community here this morning has been released.

She is Jameila Johnson, a student of the Harewood Primary School in the parish, who reportedly went missing on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Education has corroborated earlier police reports, stating that Jamelia asked her grandmother for tissue paper and proceeded to the outdoor pit latrine.

A three-day search was launched, ending in the discovery of the decomposed remains of the child.

The ministry has since condemned the killing and says it “is distressed at the senseless killing of the nation’s children”.

“We grieve with the relatives and friends of Jameila Johnson,” it said in a media release Friday.

Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites has also expressed sadness over the killing of Jameila.

He indicated that guidance counsellors from the ministry’s regional office will provide grief and trauma sessions to the affected students and staff at Harewood Primary.

Since the start of the year, two other young girls have suffered similar fates.

Santoya Campbell, a 14-year-old Westmoreland girl went missing on January 26 and her body was found two days later stuffed in garbage bags under a bridge.

According to the grief-stricken relatives, Santoya, who was a grade eight student of Frome Technical High, did not reach school after leaving her home early the morning she went missing.

Similarly, another 14-year-old girl, identified as Kayalicia Simpson of a St Thomas community was hacked to death and her mutilated body dumped metres from her house on March 3.

Police reports are that about 5:00 am that day the grade eight student went outside her house as she prepared for school.

About half-an-hour later her body was found lying face down in bushes close to the one-room wooden structure in which she lived.

Post-mortem reports on the 14-year-old girls later revealed that they were both pregnant at the time of their deaths.