On March 12, 2021, police recovered the body of a 6-year-old Indiana girl in the woods who was reported missing only two hours before. It is unclear how the young girl died, and investigators have not yet disclosed that information. The family has launched an online fundraiser to cover funeral expenses.
A 14-year-old boy, whose name will not be released as he is progressing through the juvenile system, was arrested in connection with the case. No motive for the killing has been disclosed. The boy is currently in custody with unannounced charges.
A candlelight vigil was held two days after the tragedy. 200 people attended the event.
The principal of the school the young girl attended spoke at the vigil, stating:
“[Redacted Name] was loved by everybody and she was friends with everybody… There are not very many times on the first day of school I already know a student because there are so many new faces coming in, but [Redacted Name] I knew from day one. Her smile even showed on her mask. You could tell she was smiling all the time.”