Authorities confirm body in trash bin is that of missing Calif. girl, 8

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Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Eight-year-old Madyson Middleton has not been seen since Sunday at around 5:30 p.m. when she was recorded on surveillance video riding her white Razor scooter outside the Tannery Arts Center where she lives with her mother, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. Federal and local law enforcement searched the area surrounding the complex Sunday night and throughout Monday before finding the girl’s body that night. The unidentified teen knew Madyson Middleton and was near the bin when a detective found her body during a second search Monday evening, Police Chief Kevin Vogel said during an emotional news conference. The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was nearby when the body was discovered, and officers found evidence in the apartment that links him to the slaying, the police chief said.

She was wearing a black helmet, purple knee-length dress with black leggings, and her hair was pulled to the side in a braid. (TM and © Copyright 2010 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. The search for the missing 8-year-old girl came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a trash bin at a Northern California complex where she was last seen riding her scooter. Santa Cruz, with a population of 62,000, is perhaps best known for its boardwalk and liberal politics, and it’s not unusual to see unaccompanied children out and about. He described them as acquaintances. “Our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers go out to those close to Madyson who have been devastated by the loss of this very precious life,” he said at the news conference outside police headquarters. Jordan told the Sentinel on Monday that her daughter was waiting for a friend to finish a board game so they could play together, and rode her scooter under her friend’s window.

It was the last time she was seen alive. “I thought she was in the courtyard,” Jordan said. “I thought she was in the bathroom, checked the art bar, then I started to going to every friend’s house.

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