Candlelight vigil held for 10-year-old girl found dead in Thornton

A 15-year-old IL boy was arrested Saturday night in the death of 10-year-old Kiaya Campbell, according to the Thornton Police Department.

Police wouldn't confirm if he was the boy arrested Saturday night. The boy was taken to the Adams County Juvenile Detention facility and is being investigated for first-degree murder.

Campbell had set out on a walk to a shopping center with her father's girlfriend's 15-year-old son about 8 p.m. Wednesday, her dad told police, according to local Fox affiliate KDVR.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection to the killing of a 10-year-old girl in Colorado. The search was called off after the body was found about two miles from where she was last seen.

Later that evening, Kiaya's body was found in a creek bed about one mile from her Thornton home.

According to KDVR, Kiaya's neighbor saw her as a "beautiful soul who was vivacious and innocent".

"It's still ongoing, and there are still things to tie up at this time", said Officer Victor Avila, Thornton Police Department spokesman, to The Denver Post.

"During the course of this investigation several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, to include the Thornton Fire Department, Adams County School District 12 and many other search and rescue teams assisted the Thornton Police Department".

It is unclear if the boy arrested in her death is that same person.

Police have not identified any suspects or announced any arrests.

"This attractive soul was stolen from us". We appreciate everything everyone has done in this situation, ' read a message on the page. 'Now we just appreciate anything anyone can do to help out her to rest'.

Police say her death was not accidental.

  • Larry Hoffman