A Look Back: The disappearance and murder of Somer Thompson
Oct. 19, 2009: Somer Thompson, 7, was last seen walking home from Grove Park Elementary School on Gano Avenue in Orange Park.
Oct. 20, 2009: Geeno holds a flier with information about his friend and neighborhood playmate Somer Renee Thompson as volunteers and neighbors search the area surrounding the 7-year-old’s Orange Park home.
Oct. 20, 2009: Officers use a bloodhound to search the Grove Park neighborhood in Orange Park, Florida for Somer Renee Thompson, 7, who went missing the day before on her way home from school.
Oct. 20, 2009: Sisters Jayla (left), 6, and Chloe, 7, Groleau participate in a candlelight vigil as the search continues for their missing neighbor, 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson. The Grove Park Elementary Schooler went missing while walking home from school toward her Orange Park neighborhood.
Oct. 21, 2009: Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler, right, and Florida Governor Charlie Crist react following the announcement of the discovery a body in a Georgia landfill that might be that of missing 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson.
Oct. 26, 2009: Mourners line the sidewalk along Kingsley Avenue as they wait for the doors of Orange Park First Baptist Church to open for Somer’s viewing.
Oct. 27, 2009: The body of Somer Thompson is loaded into the funeral hearse as family and friends come out of First Baptist Church in Orange Park. Somer’s mother, Diena Thompson, and her twin brother, Samuel Thompson, are shown at right.
Oct. 27, 2009: As the hearse passes, hundreds release purple ballons and wave goodbye to Somer.
Feb. 24, 2010: Jarred Harrell is shown in a booking mug released by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after he was extradicted from Mississippi to face child pornography charges. Harrell has been named a person of interest in the Somer Thompson case.
March 10, 2010: Jarred Harrell lowers his head during an appearance at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs. Harrell entered a not guilty plea on multiple child pornography charges. He is still considered a person of interest in the disappearance and death of Somer Thompson.
March 2010: Booking photo of Jarred Harrell, 24, who was arrested on child pornography charges in Meridian, Mississippi. He formerly lived on Gano Avenue in Orange Park, and is a person of interest in the Somer Thompson murder case.
Feb. 3, 2012: Jarred Harrell enters the courtroom before he plead guilty in the murder of Somer Thompson at the Clay County Courthouse.
Feb. 3. 2012: Circuit Judge Don Lester speaks to Jarred Harrell as his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Kate Bedell, stands to his left. Harrell plead guilty in the murder of Somer Thompson at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs.
Feb. 3, 2012: Diena Thompson stands as her son, Samuel, 9, reads a statement to Jarred Harrell, who pleaded guilty in the murder of Somer Thompson at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Spring. Diena is the mother of Somer and Samuel is her twin brother.
Feb. 12, 2015: The Orange Park and Clay County Fire Departments burn the foreclosed home on Gano Avenue in Orange Park where Jared Harrell sexually assaulted and murdered 7-year-old Somer Thompson on Oct. 19, 2009. The home was burned as a part of a training exercise.
Feb. 12, 2015: Members of Clay County Fire and Rescue monitor the fire and use a hose to cool the area around the home at the height of the controlled burn of the home.
Feb. 12, 2015: Somer’s mother, Diena Thompson, left, is hugged by her aunt Brenda Cochran before the house is set aflame for the final time.
May 5, 2015: A metal flower, painted purple because it was Somer Thompson’s favorite color, stands in the garden planted on the Gano Avenue lot in Orange Park where the house that 7-year-old Somer Thompson was murdered in used to stand. Thompson was abducted and killed by Jarred Harrell in October 2009 on her way home from school and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.