5-year-old girl found dead, concealed inside restaurant in Jackson Township

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio– Almost 24 hours after a 5-year-old girl was last seen inside her family’s restaurant, Ang’s Asian Cuisine on Portage Street NW in Jackson Township, she was found dead inside.

According to a press release from Jackson Township police, it was determined that the child, Ashley Zhao, was found “deceased and concealed inside the building” on Tuesday.

Sources originally confirmed the very sad news to FOX 8 I-Team’s Peggy Gallek.

Police, with the assistance of the FBI and Ohio BCI in cooperation with the Stark County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate her death.

Ashley was last seen at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.  Jackson Township police had said they believed she wandered out the back door of the restaurant.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office issued a missing child alert for Ashley just before noon Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, officers used dogs to search a wooded area behind the restaurant from Portage Street to Mega Street. The Jackson Township Fire Department used a drone and a ladder truck to help with the search.

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