A body found in a trash bin in the same apartment complex that Maddy Middleton went missing from on Sunday afternoon has now been identified as the body of the missing 8-year-old girl. A 15-year-old boy, who lives in the same housing complex was arrested in the case by the Santa Cruz Police.
According to MSN News on July 28, Maddy was last seen in the courtyard on her new white scooter on Sunday evening and then she just disappeared. While the body of the little girl found in the trash bin had not been identified when first discovered, the body is now identified as Maddy Middleton.
The Washington Post today reports the body is that of Maddy Middleton. Santa Cruz Police tweeted: “Broken-hearted & disappointed, SCPD has concluded the search for Madyson Middleton. Now Homicide Investigation.”
The unnamed 15-year-old boy was arrested around the same time the body was discovered and he is being questioned on “suspicion of homicide,”according to News Max today. Maddy’s mother spoke with the media after meeting with investigators on Sunday and again on Monday. Laura Jordon, the 8-year-old girl’s mother said on Monday, “I can’t explain how difficult this is.”
Jordon said she looked at this Northern California’s complex’s surveillance camera and saw Maddy just minutes before she disappeared. Police report that the girl was last seen in those images at 4:12 p.m. Jordon said she walked the edges of the courtyard twice while police did a door to door search of the complex. The police also did a search at the homeless shelter across the street from the complex. The entire time Maddy’s body was just “a stone’s throw away from her front door in that trash bin, according to the Washington Post today.
Maddy lived with her mother at a public-private project called Tannery Arts Center. This complex includes 100 affordable loft apartments for artists and their families. It also has a café, a dance studio and art studios. This campus was a former leather tannery and now that it is housing it is managed by The John Stewart Company. On Sunday night John Stewart, the company’s chairman, turned the surveillance footage over to authorities in hopes of helping with the search for the girl that was underway on Sunday.
Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said at a press conference on Monday night,“It’s horrible. It’s awful. It’s heartbreaking. The last time I stood in front of a group like this was when [two] my officers were killed. And it feels just like it did that night.”