MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - The body of a 13-year-old girl was found in an apartment building in Manchester Friday morning.

Her family and police identified her as Zaniya Wright.

Zaniya Wright

Family identified the girl who was found dead in a Manchester apartment building as 13-year-old Zaniya Wright.

The family said that Zaniya was being bullied at school. They said maybe that had something to do with her death.

"Zaniya was a very strong girl," said Alena Baker, a family friend.

The girl was initially reported missing by her mother around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Manchester apartment building

The body of a 13-year-old girl was found in an apartment building on Olcott Street in Manchester the morning of June 18.

Police said they responded to the apartment complex at 40 Olcott St. around 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

"Right now, the investigation is ongoing in cooperation with the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit, Manchester Police Detective Unit and the state's attorney's office," said Lt. Ryan Shea, Manchester police.

The body of a 13-year-old girl was found in an apartment building in Manchester Friday morning.

They said the girl was found in the basement of the building. They described the area as a "common area" in the building, not a storage space.

Police said they are looking at multiple scenes, but focused on the apartment complex.

The body of a 13-year-old girl was found in an apartment building in Manchester Friday morning. Lt. Ryan Shea of the Manchester Police Department provided an update around 11 a.m. on June 18.

Family members say the girl did not live at the apartment building.

Police are now questioning anyone who may have been with Wright or who had knowledge of her whereabouts.

The body of a 13-year-old girl was found in an apartment building in Manchester Friday morning.

Baker said Wright’s death is a tragic end to a sad life. She said Wright had been dealing with bullying as a seventh-grader at Illing Middle School.

The family described Wright as a kind, quiet girl, who was close with her mother.

The body of a 13-year-old girl was found in an apartment building in Manchester Friday morning.

“She was just into beauty and fashion and stuff like that,” Baker said.

Family members say they spent all night searching for Wright, and at some point they learned she might be at the apartment complex. They said they urged police to search there, but they don't think officers showed enough urgency in doing so.

"It seems like they’re not really compassionate sometimes, like they’re like 'oh, it’s just a kid who ran away, she’ll be back soon'," Baker said.

The Manchester School District released a statement saying:

"Dear Manchester Public Schools Community,

Earlier today we were made aware of the tragic death of Zaniya Wright, a seventh-grader at Illing Middle School. I want to offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to Zaniya’s family, her many friends, and people throughout our community traumatized by this terrible news. For all those who knew Zaniya both at school and in the community, this is a heartbreaking and incredibly sad day. We will have counselors available at Illing from 5-7 p.m. tonight and again from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow to support students who want an adult to speak with or even just a safe space to grieve. In times like this it is important to be able to lean on and take care of one another and the district is committed to ensuring all members of our school community are supported. I know you join me in keeping Zaniya, her family, and all those who loved her in your thoughts and prayers."

Manchester police haven’t yet returned a request for a response, but earlier in the day, they defended how they handled the missing person search.

“The information that we had last night, she was reported missing, she was entered as a missing person and we continued that investigation,” Lt. Shea said.

The office of the chief medical examiner said that Wright had been strangled to death and ruled it as a homicide.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Manchester police.

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