The body of a missing 14-year old Texas girl has been discovered at a North Texas landfill. The girl was missing since Monday evening. Her parents say their daughter had taken the dog for a walk and never returned.
The dog was found tied at a nearby park, but the girl, Kaytlynn Cargill, didn’t return. When she didn’t return for more than one hour, her parents called 911 and within the next few hours the search for the missing child began.
An ABC13 new report says that Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a body found at a North Texas landfill as a 14-year-old girl missing since Monday evening.
Large scale search was launched for the missing child, though the police didn’t raise amber alert thinking it was a case of run away from home. Arlington police chief Lt. Christopher Cook told the media that the presumed body of the child was discovered Wednesday afternoon by a waste collection worker at a north Arlington landfill. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of her death.
Reports suggest that the girl was seen for the last time in the 1700 block of Oak Creek Lane on 06/19/2017 at approximately 6:20pm, the initial Facebook post from police said.
The police report said, “Kaytlynn is 4’6″ and weighs approximately 85 pounds. She has short brown hair and brown eyes. Kaytlynn was last seen wearing a light blue flat bill hat, white t-shirt and blue jean shorts with white lace around the bottom…Kaytlynn Cargill is currently listed as a missing person. We are attempting to locate Kaytlynn and are in the process of talking with people who may assist in the case, but as of right now, we do not know her whereabouts. Bedford Detectives are diligently investigating this incident and are requesting any information regarding Kaytlynn’s location.”
As far as the denial of amber report is concerned, police initially said, “At this time, we have no reason to believe she is in any danger and we do not have any reason to suspect foul play is involved in her disappearance. Due to this, an Amber Alert is not authorized.”
Many people criticised the Bedford Police for not issuing an amber alert. A Facebook user on DFW Scanner facebook page complained saying, “Why no Amber Alert? Makes no sense poor baby she was just a child!! Evil is everywhere. God help her poor family!”
The US Department of Justice has a long list of requirement to issue an amber alert. It includes, “Law Enforcement Confirms an Abduction”. Under the headlines, the website says, “AMBER plans require law enforcement to confirm an abduction prior to issuing an alert. This is essential when determining the level of risk to the child. Clearly, stranger abductions are the most dangerous for children and thus are primary to the mission of an AMBER Alert. To allow activations in the absence of significant information that an abduction has occurred could lead to abuse of the system and ultimately weaken its effectiveness. At the same time, each case must be appraised on its own merits and a judgment call made quickly. Law enforcement must understand that a “best judgment” approach, based on the evidence, is appropriate and necessary”. Other requirements include risk of serious bodily injury or death besides many other.