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Church Holds Vigil for Missing Jacksonville Toddler

Investigators say they believe the remains found Sunday in a ``garbage heap'' near the church are those of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton.

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    Congregants of a Jacksonville church held a vigil in memory of a missing toddler after authorities said remains found near the church last week may belong to the boy.

    Investigators say they believe the remains found Sunday in a ``garbage heap'' in a wooded area near Julington Baptist Church are those of Lonzie Barton. The 21-month-old boy was reported missing in July.

    No cause of death has been determined. Lonzie's mother and her boyfriend have been accused of child neglect.

    The Florida Times-Union reports that Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney joined the crowd that gathered for the vigil Thursday at the church. Hackney said recovering Lonzie's body was ``a very sad occasion'' but the discovery also answered prayers that the boy would be found.

    Hackney said he wished he had more answers for people who ask why Lonzie died.

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