The body of a missing 14-year-old girl who vanished while out walking her puppy has been found at a landfill site in Texas.
Kaytlynn Cargill was last seen close to her home at around 6.20pm on Monday evening in the city of Bedford – when she tied up her dog in a park and told friends she would be back.
But she never came home.
A worker at the Arlington landfill came across a corpse at the facility – about three to four miles from her home – at around 2pm on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
It has since identified the body as belonging to Kaytlynn, who was 4ft 6in tall and weighed around 85 pounds (six stone).
The Bedford Police Department have not yet revealed the cause of death – but have said they believe a “person or persons” to be responsible.
Police said the teenager was last seen walking her dog near her apartment in Oak Creek Lane, near Pennington Field in Bedford.
Locals meanwhile are asking why an Amber Alert hadn’t been issued at the time warning the public of a possible child abduction.
Neighbours spotted her worried grandfather involved in the search at the time.
One neighbour told radio station WFAA that he saw Kaytlynn tie her dog’s leash to a fence and ask friends to watch it for her – but never came back.
Her parents started searching for her around 30 minutes after she was late home and at 8pm reported her missing to police.