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Body of missing 8-year-old found in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Posted by armen chang Thursday, July 30, 2015 0 comments

The body of an 8-year-old girl was discovered Monday in a town on the California coast, a day after she disappeared.
Madyson “Maddy” Middleton’s body was found in a building at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., KRON-TV reported. The child vanished around 5:05 p.m. Sunday while riding her scooter outside the center, the San Francisco Chroniclereported.  Middleton was visiting her mother, who lives in the center’s affordable housing offered to artists.
"Our hearts our broken and our deepest sympathy to to the family of Madyson Middleton," the California Highway Patrol's Santa Cruz office tweeted. "We are grieving with the entire Santa Cruz community."
On Monday, one person was taken into custody in relation to the case, KRON-TV reported. The person was not identified.
According to the Chronicle, both of Middleton’s parents met with police Monday. Middleton’s father, Michael, spent much of the day searching the streets with friends.
Following her disappearance, authorities searched for the child in woodland and park areas nearby. Search dogs tracked her scent to a beach 2 miles away, the Chronicle reported. Officials were looking for her on foot, as well as by aircraft and watercraft, a police spokeswoman said.
Earlier Monday, officials said they were not calling the case a kidnapping. An Amber alert was not issued for the child because the case did not meet the criteria. Instead, an endangered missing person alert was issued.

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