Funeral Monday for NJ girl found in stream

November 28, 2011 10:43:35 AM PST
While a nationwide search continues for her father, relatives gathered Monday to lay a 2-year-old girl to rest nearly a week after she was found slain in a creek, still strapped in her car seat.

Three people carried Tierra Morgan-Glover's tiny coffin from Cathedral International of Asbury Park, while a minister followed with a large stuffed teddy bear.

During a videotaped eulogy, Bishop Donald Hilliard Jr. told mourners that when "she was placed into that creek, an angel caught her. She did not suffer at all."

Family members didn't speak during the service, and they didn't talk to reporters.

Tierra never returned home from a court-approved visit with her father on Nov. 21. She was found the next day in her car seat, which was partially submerged in a creek in a park in Wall Township, about 20 miles north of her Lakehurst home. Her cause of death was listed as homicidal violence.

Authorities say the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service are among several agencies searching for Tierra's father, 27-year-old Arthur Morgan III. Morgan was added this weekend as a featured fugitive on "America's Most Wanted" website.

Authorities believe Morgan fled the state and may have headed out West after Tierra was killed.