The cause of death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, who went missing in St. Johns County, Fla. on Sunday, has been released by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Chief Medical Examiner, Tristyn’s death is a homicide caused by “sharp force trauma by stabbing”. Most of the details have been kept confidential due to how disturbing they are.
Bailey was last seen at the Durbin Amenity Center in the Durbin Crossing community in northwest St. Johns County after midnight on Sunday. She was then found dead in a remote wooded area around 6 p.m. by a local resident after the missing person alert went public.
Within twenty-four hours, 14-year-old Aiden Fucci, was arrested and charged of second-degree murder in connection with her death. An arrest report states that video from a recreation area showed Bailey and Fucci together at 1:14 a.m. on Sunday. Half an hour later, he was the only one seen leaving the area.
Authorities are also looking into social media posts made by Fucci, including his widely shared Snapchat photo featuring him in the backseat of a deputy’s cruiser. In the photo, Fucci has his hands in the peace sign with the caption: “Hey guys has inybody seen Tristyn lately”
Tristyn was an athlete, who was very much beloved in the cheer sport community. For the past year she has cheered at Infinity Allstars. She was also known for being positive and bubbly among her cheer squad and friends, stating how “She could make a bad situation better”. Members of the community even gathered in St. Johns County for a large vigil Monday night, in support for Tristyn’s family. People stood together, wearing Bailey’s favorite color, aqua, at the South Durbin Crossing Amenity to pay their respects.