A community is in mourning after the body of a missing 13-year-old was found Thursday in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Nyssa Brown is among the 77 people who have been confirmed dead in Kentucky after devastating storms tore through the state.
She was one of seven members of her family to die, according to WZTV. The others were her mother, father, grandmother, and three of her siblings.
Heartbreaking news out of Bowling Green, KY…13-year-old Nyssa Brown is the last member of her family to be located today.
— Amanda Chin (@amandachintv) December 17, 2021
Citing the Bowling Green Police Department, WDRB-TV reported that Brown was the last missing person to be accounted for in the town.
BREAKING: police confirm they have recovered the body of missing teen Nyssa Brown. She is the 7th member of her family to be found dead. 17th member of the BG community to die from the tornadoes. So tragic. My heart aches. “We need you’d prayers,” police said. pic.twitter.com/cA4antEh3s
— kellydeannews (@kellydeannews) December 16, 2021
Her body was found in a wooded area, police officials said, according to WBKO-TV.
Timothy and Jennifer Venetta, who were neighbors of the Brown family, mourned the heartbreaking catastrophe.
“I can’t imagine a whole family just being gone in the blink of an eye,” Jennifer Venetta told WZTV. “I’m glad that they’ve located her and the rest of her family. You know, they can all be together.”
“The little girl used to ride her four-wheeler through our backyard,” Timothy Venetta added.
Police spokesperson Ronnie Ward called Nyssa Brown’s death “gut-wrenching.”
“It’s gut-wrenching. It’s hard to take,” he told WDRB. “I didn’t even know Nyssa. I see the picture of her. Sweet, little girl. She goes to school right there close by. And she had family and she’s a human being and we all are. So it’s just really hard.”
Even amid the devastation and loss, Ward highlighted the community’s ability to come together, and expressed confidence that they will rebuild.
“I want to say that it’s amazing, but what I want to tell you is I expected that,” Ward said. “This was not something that was so surprising to me and I can’t look at that go, ‘Wow, I’m surprised that that happened.’ I’m not. That’s just what Bowling Green does. They’re going to rebuild. We know they are. That’s just what we do.”