The boy, whose name is not being disclosed because he is a minor, knocked at the door of her home in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, July 16, just before midnight. Kailey’s sister, aged 14 answered the door at first.
The boy asked the girl if she would like to help him find his lost cat. She refused, so the teenager asked Kailey the same thing. Unfortunately, Kailey accepted to go with him in search for his pet. The girl did not know the boy.
About an hour and a half after she disappeared, she was reported missing, at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, by her mother. The police soon arrived at the scene and started searching the area. It was the girl’s cell phone that took them to her lifeless body, which they found in a horse pasture.
The girl had been strangled and had a shirt wrapped around her neck. The autopsy revealed that she had indeed died from strangulation.
The charging documents show that the teenage boy admitted to having been with Kailey in the field on Thursday night, after they left her home. They also reveal that it was not the first time the boy attempted to do something like that.
Before going to Kailey’s home, he tried to lure another girl, aged 11, using the same trick to get her out of the house. In that case, the girl’s family showed up and interfered with his plans. Her grandmother later spoke to the police and told them where he lived.
Even if, on Monday, the judge implied this might also be a case of sexual assault , the charges that were filed on the 21st of July did not contain such allegations.
District Attorney Sam Gill stated that there is no need to “speculate on future charges” yet.
According to reports, the teenage boy accused of murder does not have a clean record. It seems that he has been arrested before, on smaller charges, such as theft, burglary, or possession of drug paraphernalia.
The boy is now charged with aggravated murder, but he is not at risk of facing death penalty because he is still a juvenile.
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