There is sad news from California in the case of missing 8-year-old Madyson Middleton. The child who was last seen riding a new scooter in her Santa Cruz apartment complex is believed to have been found dead. A teen boy has been arrested and though an autopsy will determine positive identification, police believe it is the body of Madyson Middleton.
TheSanta Cruz Police Department had issued a public plea in the search after reporting that the 8-year-old disappeared from the Tannery Arts Center on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at approximately 6:08 pm. The department worked in conjunction with the FBI, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and employed K-9 units in the search. During the investigation teams scoured the San Lorenzo River, levees, and made door to door searches in the Tannery Arts Center located at 1030 River Street, where Madyson lived and was last seen playing.
A press conference was held by police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke on Monday, July 27, 2015, and more than 100 police officers diligently searched for the missing child, joined by Madyson’s mother Laura Jordan and worried residents from the Tannery Arts Center apartment complex.
Coverage from an interview with Madyson’s mother Laura Jordan.
On Monday evening, July 27 at approximately 9:50 pm, the Santa Cruz Police Department held a press conference announcing the discovery of a body believed to be Madyson Middleton, located in a dumpster at the apartment complex. A 15-year-old teen boy who also lives in the complex was arrested and taken into custody. The crime scene has been cordoned off and is being processed. An autopsy will determine Madyson Middleton’s cause of death.
You may see a news report from Monday evening, July 27, 2015, below.
Authorities are asking for anyone in the apartment complex with information on the case to come forward. The investigation continues. The teen’s identity has not been publicly released.
Photos: Madyson Middleton
|Last known footage of Madyson Middleton: Surviellance video taken at 5:05 pm, July 26, 2015.|