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Body believed to be missing California girl found; teen boy detained in case

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The body of 8-year-old Madyson Middleton was likely found by California police. (Photo: Facebook/Santa Cruz PD)

The body of 8-year-old Madyson Middleton was likely found by California police. (Photo: Facebook/Santa Cruz PD)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Police say a body believed to be a missing 8-year-old girl has been found inside a trash bin at a complex in Santa Cruz and police have detained a 15-year-old neighbor in the case.

Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel says the body was found Monday night likely belongs to Madyson Middleton.

Vogel says a 15-year-old boy who lives in the complex has been detained in the case and is being questioned.

Madyson Middleton vanished Sunday afternoon from an artist community and housing center in a Northern California beach town where she lives with her mother.