UPDATE: FBI makes arrest in connection to disappearance of 10-year-old Kotzebue girl

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — UPDATE: The Federal Bureau of Investigation says a 41-year-old has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr.

According to an email sent Friday night, Peter Wilson, of Kotzebue "is facing charges of making false statements to a federal agent. He's being transferred to Anchorage to face these charges."

The body of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr was found late Friday afternoon according to Alaska State Troopers.

The agency issued the written statement Friday evening. It reads:

“After eight days, the search for Ashley has come to an unfortunate end. Late this afternoon, Ashley was located deceased by law enforcement and volunteer canvas teams in an area east of the City of Kotzebue. Alaska State Troopers, the FBI, Kotzebue Police Department, and the Northwest Arctic Borough extend our sincerest condolences to Ashley’s family, friends, and community. “Investigation remains ongoing. No additional information is available at this time; further updates will be provided as more details are available.”

Barr-Johnson went missing last Thursday. She was last seen playing in a Kotzebue park and never made it home.

A massive search including state-volunteer law enforcement agencies and volunteers throughout the region has been underway for days, along with vigils across the state.

AST communications director Jonathan Taylor, reached by phone, said the investigation is ongoing.

Further information was not immediately available.

This is a developing story.

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