Pierce County sheriff's deputies found the body of a missing teenage girl Monday night, about six blocks away from her South Hill home.
Kimmie Daily, 16, apparently was the victim of a homicide, said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
Her body, which had been concealed beneath brush, was found about 7:30 p.m.
Earlier, sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old man believed to be involved in the girl’s disappearance, Troyer said. The man had been “on our radar” for a short period of time before his arrest, Troyer said.
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“It’s good that we found her, but obviously it’s not the outcome we were hoping for,” Troyer said.
“There was nothing anybody could do,” Troyer said. “She was probably deceased before she was even reported missing.
Sheriff’s detectives and others had been searching for the developmentally disabled girl since last Tuesday, when she failed to arrive at a friend’s house two blocks away.
Kimmie left her home in the 12700 block of 106th Avenue Court East to ride her bicycle to a friend’s house, but she never arrived.
Cecil Daily, the girl’s father, said Monday night that he was devastated by the news.
“I am still trying to absorb it,” he said.
Daily had said all along that he believed someone had taken his daughter.
After Kimmie’s family reported her missing, detectives began calling friends and neighbors but didn’t find the girl.
Later, investigators used an airplane, a volunteer helicopter and search and rescue dogs to canvass a large area. They returned to the area several times, but did not locate the girl.
On Monday night they found her, near 122nd Street East and 115th Avenue Court East, perhaps half a mile from her home.
Officers were processing the scene late Monday, Troyer said. “As you can imagine, there’s a very heavy police presence in the area,” he said.
A cause of death had not been released, and detectives said they were still trying to determine the exact relationship between Kimmie and the suspect.
“Our heart goes out to Kimmie’s family,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a statement. “This was a difficult case which impacted all of us. In cases like this we see our own kids – especially if we have kids with handicaps. I am grateful for the strong, dedicated work of our detectives, and I appreciate the help of our search and rescue volunteers.”
Staff writer Stacia Glenn contributed to this report.