updated 1/30/2005 10:37:09 PM ET 2005-01-31T03:37:09

The body of a missing 10-year-old girl was found in a stream Sunday, five days after she apparently accepted a ride from a young man in a truck while returning home from an errand.

The body of Katlyn “Katie” Collman was discovered about 20 miles north of her hometown of Crothersville. Authorities did not disclose how she died or how long her remains may have been in the stream.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

“This is saddening day for law enforcement officials,” said Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the Indiana State Police. “We’ve come to know Katie. It hits everyone very hard.”

The murder was the first in Crothersville, a town of 15,000 people about 40 miles north of Louisville, Ky., in 25 years, police said.

Collman’s family had last seen her Tuesday afternoon as she walked to a store near her home to buy toilet paper, investigators said.

A clerk told police the girl bought the toilet paper, and an acquaintance talked to her about a block away as she headed home.

A witness who saw Collman in the truck said she looked like a normal passenger. “There was no sign of her being held against her will or trying to get out,” Goodin said at the time.

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