A teen has been arrested after the body of a missing 8-year-old girl was found in a dumpster

Credit: Santa Cruz Police

California police say they have found the body of an 8-year-old girl who went missing on Sunday, and a 15-year-old is now in custody, reports say.

The body was found in a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz on Monday. Police say they believe it is Madyson Middleton, the 8-year-old who vanished one night earlier, KRON 4 reports.

“It’s horrible. It’s awful. It’s heartbreaking,” Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel told ABC News.

Vogel initially said that police were “fairly confident” that the body is Middleton, but Santa Cruz Police tweeted early Tuesday that the search for Middleton has ended and a homicide investigation has begun.

Middleton was last seen riding a scooter at around 5:30 p.m. in her apartment complex, located near the art center, police say. According to KRON 4, a 15-year-old boy who was at the complex as crews searched for the girl was taken into custody, Vogel told the station.

Police said the teen is being held at the Santa Cruz Police Department as part of a homicide investigation.

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