Authorities said the body of Ahlittia North was found early Tuesday in a trash cart near her home in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.
Teams from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, the FBI and police officers from Kenner and New Orleans had unsuccessfully searched woods and trash bins in the area after the child was reported missing Saturday.
Ahlittia was sleeping when last seen about 11 p.m. Friday. Her parents, Lisa North, 20, and Albert Hill, 46, said she was gone when they woke about 9 a.m. Saturday.
Her comforter, a toothbrush and toothpaste also were missing.
Matthew Flugence, 20, Hill's nephew, was named a person of interest Monday by the sheriff's office because he was wanted in connection with the sexual battery of an 11-year-old Harvey girl.
Flugence has not been arrested.