A 15-year-old boy lured an
8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body
in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived,
authorities said Tuesday.
told reporters that Madyson Middleton went willingly into the apartment
and was probably dead even before she was reported missing Sunday
The boy, who police say knew the girl as a neighborhood acquaintance, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Vogel said.
The police chief would not discuss a
motive and declined to give details on the suspect’s background or the
manner in which the girl was slain.
Madyson’s disappearance and death
has shaken the unique artists’ community called Tannery Arts Center on
the outskirts of this beach town. The center is a public-private
nonprofit project that includes 100 affordable loft apartments for
artists and their families, a cafe and dance and art studios.
The suspect and his alleged victim knew each other, he said.
“We lost not one kid, but two kids over the weekend, and both parents
are in an absolute state of shock,” said Scudder, who described the
suspect as admired, well-liked and well-rounded.
searched the area surrounding the complex Sunday night and throughout
Monday before finding the girl’s body that night.
released because he is a juvenile, was nearby when the body was
discovered, and officers found evidence in the apartment that links him
to the slaying, the police chief said.
mother rushed at police officers in floods of tears, asking why her son
was being taken away in handcuffs.
trash-collection area where Madyson’s body was found remained roped off.
Visitors stopped at a walkway memorial to pay respects with candles,
bouquets of flowers and stuffed animals.
‘Additionally, we’ve determined that Maddy was murdered inside of the suspect’s apartment,’ he told reporters.
‘She was then carried downstairs to the recycle bin, where she was concealed.’
The suspect acted alone ‘and not in concert with anyone else.’
Her body was found at 7:55pm on Monday.
“My staff was so hopeful we were going to find her alive. And when the
news came last night that she was not alive,” Vogel said, “it was
complex while crews searched for Middleton and is believed to have
helped in the search, was arrested around the same time the girl’s body
was found, according to Vogel.
surrounding areas to look for Madyson, who was last seen Sunday
afternoon. She had been seen riding her new Razor scooter in the
courtyard, but around 5 p.m., her mother realized she was gone.
door-to-door search of the entire apartment complex, as well as a
homeless shelter across the street. Vogel said he did not know if the
boy’s apartment was immediately searched, but they believe the girl was
killed before they got the call.