By DAVE McMILLION
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lynn Nolet said people she talked to Saturday agreed that whoever is responsible for the disappearance of 7-year-old Jessica Newell should be "strung up in the middle of Martinsburg for everyone to see."
Parents expressed shock at the discovery Saturday evening of a body believed to be Jessica's.
"Oh my God, I'm going to go vomit," said Berkeley County Commission President Jim Smith.
"My reaction as a parent, grandparent, former school superintendent (is) this is just distressful. I'm hurt and troubled," said Smith.
Nolet, a mother of three who lives just down the street from where Jessica was abducted, said the incident is especially disturbing because it is the second kidnapping of a child in the area in four months.
Jessica Newell disappeared from Pikeside Bowl at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
In May, a 7-year-old girl was abducted from a mobile home in the Middle Creek Villages mobile home park, which is just south of Pikeside Bowl along U.S. 11. In that case, the girl was taken to a remote section of western Jefferson County, where she told police she was sexually assaulted.