A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the death of a missing 10-year-old girl whose body was found close to her Colorado home, officials said.
Kiaya Campbell was last seen leaving her father’s home with his girlfriend’s 15-year-old son to walk to a nearby shopping center in Thornton at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, her dad told police, KDVR-TV reported.
The 15-year-old boy reportedly told authorities that he and Kiaya were separated after a rainstorm moved into the area, and she was reported missing just before midnight.
An Amber Alert was issued for Kiaya Thursday, and officers and volunteers scoured the area until her body was found that evening about one mile from her home.
An exact cause of death has not been released, but a medical examiner noted it was not accidental and investigators quickly deemed her death to be a homicide.
Kiaya was remembered as a bubbly girl who loved keeping the world informed on her life by posting videos to YouTube.
“This beautiful soul was stolen from us,” her mother wrote on a GoFundMe page created to help lay her to rest.
Members of the community flocked to two memorials for the young girl, with many bringing flowers and leaving messages on the sidewalk in chalk. Others left condolences online.
“She is an angel watching over you,” one person who donated to the GoFundMe page wrote.
“Our prayers, love and thoughts are with your entire family,” another donor posted. “God bring you His peace, love and grace.”
On Saturday, a teenage boy was booked into the Adams County Juvenile Detention facility for investigation of first-degree murder, authorities said.
The boy was not identified due to his age and officials would not say whether the suspect is the father’s girlfriend’s son, with whom she was last seen.