Woman charged in 1992 fatal shooting of 12-year-old NJ girl

ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- A 40-year-old North Carolina woman has been arrested and charged with killing a 12-year-old girl in New Jersey more than 25 years ago.

Quiana Dees was found in a vacant wooded lot early on May 2, 1992 suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The seventh-grader had left her apartment the previous evening.

The suspect, who wasn't identified, is a former Asbury Park resident currently living in Henderson, North Carolina. She is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.

The Monmouth County prosecutor's office says since she was 13 at the time of the killing, she will face a maximum of four years in prison under juvenile laws.

Those laws prevent the case from being tried in adult court with potentially harsher penalties.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Detective John Leibfried of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Eric Chunn of the Neptune Township Police Department at 732-988-8000.

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