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      Relatives say body found is Nevaeh

      UPDATED: Thursday, June 4, 2009 10:35 p.m.

      RAISINVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The body of a missing 5-year-old girl from Monroe has been found near the River Raisin in southeast Michigan, one of the girl's relatives told a newspaper Thursday night.

      Police officers have spoken to the family and a relative told The Monroe Evening News that the child found earlier Thursday was Nevaeh Buchanan. Her body was found about seven miles from where she last was seen May 24 in the parking lot of her apartment complex in nearby Monroe.

      The Monroe County Sheriff's Department, which has been leading the investigation, could not immediately confirm the discovery Thursday night. A news conference was planned for Friday morning.

      An area near the river in Raisinville Township, about 35 miles south-southwest of Detroit, was cordoned off as police conducted their investigation Thursday night.

      Ryan Bickley, 15, told The Associated Press that his father, Guy Bickley, 51, discovered the body encased in cement Thursday morning while fishing the River Raisin.

      The teen said his father and grandfather were fishing from shore when Guy Bickley spotted a block of poured cement and noticed a bad aroma that he likened to a decomposing body. He said as his father moved closer to the cement block, the smell "overwhelmed them."

      His father then chipped away a piece of the cement, revealing what appeared to be human skin. The men immediately notified police.

      There have been no arrests in the case.

      Police ask anyone with information to call 734-243-7070.