Decomposed Body Found One Mile from Where Missing Teen Kayleah Wilson Was Last Seen

Kayleah Wilson was last seen nearly two months ago leaving for a party.

March 31, 2010, 12:35 PM

May 19, 2010 — -- A decomposed body was found today just one mile from where 12-year-old Kayleah Wilson of Greeley, Colo., went missing nearly two months ago.

A source close to the investigation told ABC News' Denver affiliate 7News that they believe the body is Kayleah's but cannot be certain until dental records are compared.

Greeley Police Sgt. Joe Tymkowkych did not immediately return messages left by, but told local reporters that the body was discovered at 6 a.m. Wednesday by a worker who was inspecting the water levels in an irrigation ditch.

The body is so decomposed that is was not immediately clear if it was that of a female or a male, said Tymkowkych.

It is "impossible to tell right now when the body was deposited," Tymkowkych told 7News.

The search for Kayleah, who went missing March 28 after leaving her Greeley home to attend a birthday party, has been confounded by an absence of any information or leads, police have said.

Last month, the FBI doubled the amount of reward money they are offering from $10,000 to $20,000.

At the time, James Davis, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI office, said the FBI has cut back significantly on the staffing assigned to the case, although that could change if new leads or information surfaces.

Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner said in April that investigators remained motivated, but acknowledged that the chances of finding Kayleah safe decreased with time. While officials say they still can't rule out that Kayleah is a runaway, that possibility is becoming less likely.

"It's very unusual not to have any indication to point us in a direction one way or another," Garner said.

"We still can't rule out the fact that she ran away on her own, although I will say given the amount of time she's been gone and without any contact from her, we're definitely leaning in the direction that this is not a runaway situation and that this is something worse than that," said Davis.

Davis said there are no suspects in the case, and urged the public to pay attention to anyone who may be behaving strangely, such as someone having trouble sleeping or expressing an unusual interest in the case.

Community members have been active in the investigation, and under the direction of Bob Walcutt, executive director of The Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children, a Texas-based nonprofit organization called in by the girl's family to help, scoured Greeley for the teen.

"We're going to do whatever we can to find this young girl," Walcutt said.

Greeley police directed the search organizers to areas to look for any signs of Kayleah, Walcutt said.

"As it is at the moment, we don't have any clear direction where she went, or who she went with," Walcutt said. "Right now we are just eliminating areas where she is not."

Kayleah's mother, April Wilson, said that disappearing without calling or coming home is not typical of her daughter.

"She's never run away before," Wilson said. "I am worried she may be in danger because none of her friends have seen her, and it is like she just vanished, but that's not possible."

Kayleah, a sixth grader at Brentwood Middle School, was last seen wearing a white-and-pink shirt over a white tank top, blue jeans and white and red shoes. She is described as being 5 feet 1 inch, and approximately 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Wilson said her daughter left at 3:40 p.m. for the party, which was just a few blocks away.

"She walked over to the couch and said, 'I love you,' and 'I'll be home by 7,' and she walked out the door and that was it," Wilson said. "She had been talking about the party. She was really looking forward to it."

The eight-block area where Kayleah would have walked to get to the party is well-populated and safe, according to authorities.

Wilson also said that she had no concern about her daughter walking alone and that the neighborhood is not dangerous.

"We all walk everywhere, we don't even have a car," she said. "It's not a bad neighborhood."

Wilson described her daughter as "loving" and "trusting," and said that she's always been well-behaved.

Other than that, Wilson said her daughter is a typical preteen who has a crush on one of the singers from the folk band Celtic Thunder.

On the morning of the day she disappeared, Wilson said her daughter had gone to church with her and had been happy during a lunch at a local restaurant with her grandmother.

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