(scroll down for video) A little girl was found nude and burned to death on a Brooklyn, New York, beach, the New York City Police Department said in a statement.
The girl whose burned body was found on a beach in Brooklyn on Sunday, has been identified by police as 14-year-old Shaniesha Forbes.
She was reported missing by her family on Friday, police said.
Early Sunday morning, her body was found on the beach at the southern end of Gerritsen Avenue in Gerritsen Beach, with burns to her hands, arms and legs.
The autopsy was inconclusive, the medical examiner's office said Monday, and the cause of death is still under investigation.
Kerri-Ann Thomas, 24, speaking on behalf of the family, said that she thought her cousin was brutally murdered, but had no idea how, why or by whom.
"She was 14 years old, she was only a child," Thomas said. "We are devastated right now. Nobody thinks it will happen to their family," she added.
Thomas also said that Shaniesha lived with her mother and three brothers.