Madyson Middleton: Missing 8-Year-Old Girl's Body Found In Dumpster, Investigation Ongoing

Jean Mendoza

The body of a dead girl was found by detectives in a dumpster on Monday night. They believe the remains that they discovered are that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, an eight-year-old girl from Santa Cruz, California who had gone missing on Sunday afternoon.

Madyson Middleton went missing on Sunday afternoon at the Tannery Arts Center where she lived with her family. According to KSBW, Maddy was last seen at 4:12 p.m. riding a white scooter outside their building. Her mother noticed that she was missing about half-an-hour later and alerted the police.

The police, volunteers, and FBI agents soon went to work and searched for Maddy. On Monday, detectives found her remains hidden inside a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center. A timeline of tweets from the Santa Cruz Police Department can be seen below.

— Santa Cruz Police (@SantaCruzPolice) July 27, 2015

— Santa Cruz Police (@SantaCruzPolice) July 27, 2015

— Santa Cruz Police (@SantaCruzPolice) July 28, 2015

Maddy was last seen wearing black leggings, a purple dress, and a black helmet. According to Vogel, they could not positively identify the victim in the dumpster as of yet, since the position of the body in the dumpster made it difficult to see the clothing from their vantage point.

Yahoo News reports that a 15-year-old boy has been detained and is being questioned regarding Maddy's disappearance, which is being treated as a homicide. The boy, according the report, also lives in the complex where Maddy lived, but his relation to Maddy is not yet known.

According to neighbors and friends, Madyson was an outgoing little girl. Her mother, Laura Jordan, said that it is not like Madyson to disappear without telling her and she knows where she can and can't go.

"Has she ever done anything like this? Nothing! Never! She knows where she can and cannot be here. She was in the courtyard where she was supposed to be. She came over here, and that's the last we saw of her on surveillance."

[Image via Santa Cruz Police]