[Breaking news update, published at 2:50 p.m. ET]
An 8-year-old California girl was lured into an apartment of a teenage boy she knew before he killed her there and hid her body in a recycling bin, police said Tuesday.
The body of Madyson Middleton, who was reported missing Sunday evening, was found Monday in a recycling bin at the Santa Cruz apartment complex where they both lived, Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel said.
The boy, a 15-year-old acquaintance of Madyson, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Vogel said.
She had last been seen riding a Razor scooter at the complex late Sunday afternoon, police said.
“She went there on her own volition as far as we can tell,” Vogel said. “I think she had a reasonable amount of trust in him. We don’t believe she was taken there against her will.”
Vogel declined to say how she was killed. An autopsy has yet to be performed, Vogel said.
[Original story, published at 10:14 a.m. ET]
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the suspected death of an 8-year-old girl after a body was found in a dumpster in the coastal California city of Santa Cruz, police said.
A body believed to be that of Madyson Middleton was found Monday in a dumpster on the grounds of the apartment complex where she lived, a day after she was reported missing, Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel said Monday night.
Madyson was last seen riding a Razor scooter near her apartment home Sunday, police said.
Vogel said a 15-year-old boy who lives at the apartment complex was arrested in connection with the case.
The California Highway Patrol had issued a statewide bulletin for Madyson after she was reported missing, CNN affiliate KGO reported.
CNN’s Tina Burnside contributed to this report.