Teen boy detained after girl’s body found
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. — A body believed to be a missing 8-yearold girl was found Monday inside a dumpster at a complex in Northern California where she was last seen riding her scooter and a 15-year-old boy has been detained in the case, police said. Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the body found by a detective Monday at a Santa Cruz artist community and housing centre likely belongs to Madyson Middleton. “We haven’t positively identified her yet but believe she is probably Madyson Middleton,” Vogel said. He said a 15-year-old boy who lives in the complex was arrested at around the same time the body was found and is being questioned. Madyson vanished Sunday afternoon at Tannery Arts Center, where she lives with her mother. She was last seen riding her new, white scooter in the courtyard but at about 5 p.m. her mother realized she was gone. Madyson’s parents met with investigators Sunday night and again Monday at police headquarters before speaking with reporters outside. “I can’t explain how difficult this is,” the girl’s mother, Laura Jordan, said earlier Monday.