A 10-year-old Colorado girl is dead and a 15-year-old boy is behind bars after the two of them allegedly went for a walk together, PEOPLE confirms.
Kiaya Campbell was reported missing Wednesday night after she allegedly went for a walk to a nearby shopping center with the teen, who is known to the victim’s family, her family told police.
The teen said he and Kiaya were separated when a thunderstorm passed through the area. An AMBER Alert was issued and hundreds of volunteers searched for the missing girl Thursday, FOX31 reports.
Later that evening, Kiaya’s body was found in a creek bed about one mile from her Thornton home.
UPDATE: Investigation being deemed homicide. Large amount of evidence collected during today's search to be sorted and analyzed. #Kiaya
— Thornton Police Dept (@ThorntonPolice) June 10, 2017
On Saturday, Thornton police arrested the teen, who has not been pu blicly named, on first-degree murder charges. Police have not yet released an alleged motive.
The suspect has not yet entered a plea nor has he been appointed an attorney, an Adams County court official tells PEOPLE.
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Last night, Detectives arrested a 15-year-old male for investigation of first degree murder in the Kiaya Campbell case. #Kiaya pic.twitter.com/Y5weAXMqNv
— Thornton Police Dept (@ThorntonPolice) June 11, 2017
On Sunday, memorials were held for the 10-year-old, who had a YouTube channel and was described as a “beautiful soul” by her mother on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funeral expenses, FOX 31 reports.
“This beautiful soul was stolen from us,” Chantel Campbell writes. “We are so thankful that so many of you are helping our baby rest.”