Boy, 14, arrested after missing six-year-old girl found dead in woodland

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a missing six-year-old girl was found dead.

The body of Grace Ross was discovered hours after she vanished from the town of New Carlisle in Indiana.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit said a 14-year-old suspect had been arrested, although his name and details about the charges he will face were not released.

Grace disappeared at around 6.30pm on Friday evening and her body was discovered two hours later in a wooded area not far from where she went missing.

A candlelit vigil was held for the tragic child on Sunday at a park in New Carlisle.

Her relatives have started a fundraiser on Facebook to help with the funeral expenses.

Grace's aunt Nicole Ross wrote online: "My darling 6 year old niece Grace Ross passed away yesterday. She is now an angel in heaven."

Neighbours in the small town, with a population of around 2,000 people, were shocked by the tragedy.

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Kim Huston, who has lived there for 40 years, said: "Right at your back door, you just don't anticipate anything like that ever happening in your area.

"It's a small town and we usually don't have much crime in the area at all."

Fellow neighbour Allie Sandler said: "Very disturbing, very scary, nowadays with things going on you don't know what's going to happen. It can happen anywhere, at any time.

"I think it's been very suddenly quiet around here."

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday but the results have not yet been released.

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