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.
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.