One year ago: Maddy Middleton kidnapped and killed

Madyson Maddy Middleton
This undated photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows missing Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, from Santa Cruz, Calif. Madyson Middleton was last seen Sunday afternoon, July 26, 2015, riding a scooter outside the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, a beach town along the Northern California coast. The 4-foot-tall, a 50-pound child, has long brown hair, which was pulled to the side in a braid, and dark eyes. She was wearing a purple dress, black leggings, black flip-flops and a black helmet when she vanished. (Courtesy of Santa Cruz Police Department via AP)

SANTA CRUZ(KRON) One year ago on July 26, 2015, Maddy Middleton disappeared from her Santa Cruz home.

Middleton was the 8-year-old girl whose body was discovered in a recycling bin of her apartment complex after an extensive search.

15-year-old Adrian Gonzalez has been charged as an adult for the murder and sexual assault of Middleton. She died of asphyxia and stab wounds to the neck.

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Middleton was last seen riding her new scooter around the Tannery Arts Complex, not far from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, on the evening of July 26. Her body was found the next night, stuffed in a recycling bin that was stored inside an enclosed parking garage downstairs from the suspect’s apartment.

Gonzalez, who was standing nearby when a detective discovered Middleton’s body, lured the girl into his apartment Sunday evening and killed her, according to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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