A Texas 14-year-old who turned up dead in an Arlington landfill in June died of “homicidal violence,” officials said.
The Tarrant County medical examiner announced its findings Thursday, nearly two months after Kaytlynn Cargill disappeared while walking her family dog, the Star-Telegram reported.
She was last seen at her apartment where she tied up her pet at the dog park. She asked her friends to watch the pup, but never returned, police said.
The teen was reported missing June 19 when she didn’t make it home to her Oak Creek West apartment, and authorities found her body at Republic Services landfill — which contracts to receive waste from nearby cities including Bedford — two days later.
Her mother, Trisha West, said she later found the dog tied to a post while she was out looking for her daughter, according to the Dallas News.
Police at the time told the Star-Telegram they’d been interviewing Kaytlynn’s friends but “the kids she was with have been giving us different stories.”
There have been no arrests in Kaytlynn’s death and authorities have not yet revealed whether they’ve identified a suspect or person of interest.
The full autopsy report for Kaytlynn is slated to be finished by the end of September.
Bedford police declined to comment further on the details of the case in order to “maintain the integrity of the investigation.”
“We are aware that this ruling may raise some concerns with the public for their safety,” police said in a written statement. “The Bedford Police Department would like to reassure the public, based on the information we have at this time, there is no threat to the public.”
Police Chief Jeff Gibson previously said there was never an indication that the teenager had been abducted nor that she was in any danger after she went missing, so no Amber Alert was issued. The department has since had to defend its decision to not put out the emergency announcement.
Kaytlynn was a student at Central Junior High School where she played sports and trumpet in the band, according to Dallas News. Family and friends remembered her as “an optimist” with an “infectious” spirit.