CLAYTON NJ-Yesterday the parents of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale asked the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate if prosecutors in Gloucester County followed the proper protocol after they reported their daughter missing.
The parents spoke to a small group of reporters just hours after authorities charged two teenage boys, who lived just a few blocks away, in connection to the strangling murder of their daughter, whose 13th birthday they were to celebrate next week.
A spokesman for the family, Paul Spadafora, who was Autumn’s great-uncle, said, “We’re asking the attorney general to investigate (Gloucester County Prosecutor) Sean Dalton’s Office on protocol.”
“He called it swift justice,” Spadafora said. “We’re asking for a swifter response.”
Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said,
"We respect the parents' feelings and their need to know that everything possible was done for their daughter. We have been in communication with Prosecutor Dalton and intend to get full details from him regarding the law enforcement response to this tragedy."
"From the time Autumn Pasquale was reported missing by her family at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the law enforcement response was continuous and obvious throughout Clayton. The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office’s investigative units poured their hearts and souls into this investigation and worked around the clock to find Autumn. I am proud of what they did under such difficult circumstances. This is a time to start the healing process and let the justice system move forward with this case."