Timeline: Maddy Middleton murder investigation

SANTA CRUZ (KRON) —  Here is a chronological timeline of the events in the case of Madyson Middleton


The following new information was provided during a press conference earlier today by the Santa Cruz Police Department:

Late afternoon on Monday July 27th, Santa Cruz Police Detectives initiated a more thorough and focused canvass of the Tannery Arts Center complex. The refocusing effort came after police neared the 24 hour mark of Madyson’s disappearance. The initial phase of the case concentrated on a search for Madyson and an investigation into her disappearance. As we neared the 24 hour mark, the investigation transitioned into a recovery and forensic effort.

At approximately 7:55 pm, a Santa Cruz Police detective discovered the body of Madyson Middleton at the bottom of a large dumpster-sized recycle bin on the ground floor of the complex. The suspect had gone to great lengths to conceal the body. Madyson’s body was concealed and disguised inside the recycle bin in a way where it was not obvious or readily apparent. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause and manner of death.

A 15-year old male juvenile was immediately arrested and taken into custody. The suspect was actually standing near the location when Madyson’s body was discovered. The juvenile suspect resides in the Tannery Arts Complex with his family. Detectives interviewed the suspect into the early morning hours. At this point, the suspect is under arrest for the murder of Madyson Middleton.

Detectives have located evidence that links the suspect to this horrific crime. That evidence includes Madyson’s belongings, witness statements and video evidence.

We have determined that Madyson was an acquaintance of the suspect by virtue of both residing at the Tannery Arts Center complex. Evidence suggests that Madyson was lured to the suspect’s apartment willingly. Additionally, we have determined that Madyson was murdered inside of the suspect’s apartment and eventually carried downstairs to the recycle bin and concealed within the bin. Evidence in the case indicates that Madyson was killed prior to the initial call to police on Sunday July 27th at 6:08 pm.

We have determined the suspect acted alone and not in concert with anyone else. There is no risk or threat to the community at this point as the suspect is currently in custody at the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Detention Facility.