A 14-year-old Indiana boy was arrested in connection with the death of a 6-year-old girl, whose body was found hours after she was reported missing last week, authorities said.
Little Grace Ross disappeared Friday around 6:30 p.m. in New Carlisle, a city of about 1,861 about 15 miles west of South Bend.
His body was discovered two hours later in a wooded area not far from where he disappeared, the South Bend Tribune reported.
The St. Joseph County Metropolitan Homicide Unit said a 14-year-old suspect had been arrested. His name and details of the charges he will face were not disclosed.
A candlelight vigil for Ross was scheduled for Sunday night at a park in New Carlisle. The girl’s relatives also started a fundraiser on Facebook to help with funeral expenses.
“My dear 6 year old niece Grace Ross passed away yesterday. She is now an angel in heaven, ”Nicole Ross wrote on the fundraising page.
The residents of the small town were shocked by the tragedy.
“Right at your back door, you just don’t anticipate something like this happening in your area,” Kim Huston, who has lived in New Carlisle for 40 years, told WSBT.
“It is a small city and generally we do not have a lot of crime in the area,” he added.