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Police: Autopsy confirms 12-year-old girl was murdered

Yhoana Arteaga was found murdered in her family's mobile home. (WSMV) Yhoana Arteaga was found murdered in her family's mobile home. (WSMV)
Yhoana Arteaga was found dead in her family's mobile home Thursday night. (WSMV) Yhoana Arteaga was found dead in her family's mobile home Thursday night. (WSMV)
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl in Goodlettsville as a homicide.

An autopsy performed Friday confirmed Yhoana Arteaga was murdered Thursday evening inside her family’s mobile home in the 1200 block of Old Dickerson Pike.

Police said Yhoana’s mother had lunch with her daughter around 12:30 p.m. before going to work. She had communicated with Yhoana as late as 5:30 p.m.

Yhoana was found dead by her mother and other family members around 6:45 p.m.

Police said Yhoana was not shot or stabbed, but could not provide further details due to the ongoing investigation.

Detectives are working to find out who Yhoana was with between the time she had lunch with her mother and when she was found dead.

Detectives are pursuing leads in this case. Police are asking anyone who saw a suspicious person in or near the 1200 block of Old Dickerson Pike, or anyone with information about Yhoana’s murder to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Police said Yhoana was registered at Liberty Collegiate Academy, a charter school. She had not been at school this week after injuring her leg while roller skating.

Republic Charter Schools CEO Jon Rybka described Yhoana as gifted.

“To see a student who was so loved and loving and showed so much promise, and at the age of 12 seeing her life just snatched away like that, it’s devastating for us,” Rybka said.

The school issued a statement on its Facebook page:

Friends of Yhoana and her family have created a Go Fund Me page with a goal of $10k. You can view the page here:


Yhoana's family now faces the unimaginable grief and sorrow for their loss. The purpose of this Go Fund Me account is to assist Yhoana's family with expenses and to allow them the opportunity to support each other through this terribly difficult time.

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