Body of missing Neb. girl found; stepdad arrested

By the Associated Press | September 23, 2011 | 12:40 PM EDT

This photo provided by the Nebraska State Patrol shows Kerra Wilson, an 8-year-old girl who authorities say has been missing since 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Wilson was last seen in the parking lot of Mitchell Elementary School. (AP Photo/Nebraska State Patrol)

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities say they found the body of a missing 8-year-old girl in a remote area several miles from her home and they have arrested her stepfather.

The Nebraska State Patrol said in a statement Friday that investigators found Kerra Wilson's body in a rugged area north of her home in Mitchell after receiving a tip from a rancher who found something suspicious.

Kerra's stepfather, 32-year-old Salvador Carlos Lopez, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Investigators say Lopez told them he dropped Kerra at school on Wednesday, several hours before she was reported missing. But authorities say they don't believe he ever dropped her off at the school.

Lopez is scheduled to make an initial court appearance later Friday.