Madeline Soto’s physique discovered days after 13-year-old disappeared | EUROtoday

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The physique of lacking 13-year-old Florida schoolgirl Madeline Soto has been discovered by police days after she disappeared.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated that {the teenager}’s physique was found off Hickory Tree Road in Osceola County at round 4.30pm ET on Friday.

The grim discovery got here simply hours after Sheriff John Mina introduced that his detectives have been “confident” that the teen was lifeless, and alleged she had been killed by her mom’s boyfriend Stephan Sterns.

Her physique was reportedly present in the identical space the place Mr Sterns was seen between 1pm and a couple of.30pm on Monday, driving his Lincoln MKZ with a flat tyre, in keeping with authorities. Madeline’s household have been knowledgeable of the invention, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

The 13-year-old was reported lacking on Monday morning in Kissimmee. Her mom’s boyfriend had stated he had dropped her off at college, however Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated Friday that she was by no means taken to highschool and that as a substitute, they believed Stephan Sterns, 37, had killed her.

The grim discover got here hours after Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated it was ‘confident’ teenager wa lifeless

(Orlando Sentinel)

Sheriff John Mina informed reporters that officers had met with Madeline’s mom on Thursday night time to inform her they have been “confident” her daughter was lifeless and that the search was now underway for her physique.

“Our detectives have determined that Madeline was never dropped off on the morning of February 26 near her school. Instead, we believe she was already dead.”

He defined how OCSO had video proof which appeared to show that, displaying Mr Sterns throwing objects right into a dumpster behind their condo constructing at round 7.35am. Those objects included the teenager’s backpack and her school-issued laptop computer.

The Kissimmee Police Department is now taking up the case, with Mr Sterns now being held on capital sexual battery prices.

Madeline was first reported lacking on Monday 26 February at round 8.30am. She was described as white, 5’1”, with blonde hair and blue eyes and was sporting a inexperienced sweatshirt, black shorts and white Crocs.

After {the teenager} didn’t present up for sophistication, it was reported that her mom solely found she was lacking when she went to select her up later that day.

Stephan Sterns, 37, is now being held on capital sexual battery prices

(Orlando Sentinel)

More than 50 regulation enforcement personnel spent the times following Madeline’s disappearance trying to find her in close by woodland. Officers had discovered messages on her telephone during which she stated she needed to dwell within the woods when she turned 13.

In a press release launched on Friday afternoon, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr Maria Vazquez paid tribute to their “precious student”.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Maddie’s family and her school community,” Dr Vazquez stated. “To lose a child so suddenly and tragically is extremely difficult especially for family and friends.

“Counsellors continue to be available for any student or staff member dealing with the news. I ask that you keep the entire Hunter’s Creek Middle School community in your prayers as they grieve the loss of one of their own.”

A prayer vigil was deliberate for Friday night in response to the information.