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Boy, 14, arrested after missing girl, 6, is found dead less than two hours after she disappeared


Indiana boy, 14, arrested after missing girl, 6, is found dead in a wooded area less than two hours after she disappeared

  • Grace Ross was reported missing at 6:30pm on Friday night in New Carlisle
  • Less than two hours later, Ross was found dead in a wooded area
  • An autopsy into Ross’ death was scheduled to take place on Sunday
  • On Sunday, a vigil at a local park in New Carlisle was held for Ross 

Grace Ross, six, was founded dead two hours after being reported missing on Friday

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested following the death of a six-year-old girl in New Carlisle, Indiana.

The boy, who wasn’t named because he’s a minor, is considered a suspect in the girl’s death, WSBT said.

The girl, Grace Ross, was found dead around 8:25pm on Friday, less than two hours after she was reported missing by her family at 6:30pm.

According to the South Bend Tribune, the investigation into Grace’s death is open and active and an autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.

A neighbor who has lived near the family for 40 years said everyone is shocked by Grace’s death.

‘Right at your back door, you just don’t anticipate anything like that ever happening in your area,’ Kim Huston told WSBT.

‘You don’t realize in a moment’s notice, somebody realizing that their child’s gone and then have to hear what had happened at such a young age, it’s horrific.

Grace’s aunt Nicole Ross set up a fundraiser on Facebook for funeral expenses, which has raised over $21,000 so far. The fundraiser is aiming for $30,000.

‘My darling 6 year old niece Grace Ross passed away yesterday,’ the fundraiser stated. ‘She is now an angel in heaven.’

A candlelight vigil was held at Memorial Park in New Carlisle on Sunday evening.

‘Grace was loved by everybody and she was friends with everybody,’ Michelle Ross, Grace’s mother, said at the vigil, according to the South Bend Tribune.

It's not clear what led to Grace's death

An autopsy was scheduled to take place Sunday

It’s not clear what led to Ross’ death, but an autopsy was scheduled to take place on Sunday

‘She would go up to a stranger on the street and be like, ‘Hi, I’m Grace and I’m six.”

‘Her smile even showed on her mask,’ said Tara Bush, the principal of the elementary school Grace attended. ‘You could tell she was smiling all the time.’

More than 200 people attended the vigil, placing candles, flowers, and stuffed animals in a gazebo and on a park bench. 

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