FBI Says Badly Decomposed Body is Kayleah Wilson, Launches Homicide Investigation

Kayleah Wilson, 12, was last seen nearly two months ago leaving for a party.

ByABC News
March 31, 2010, 12:35 PM

May 20, 2010 — -- A badly decomposed body found in Colorado yesterday is that of missing 12-year-old Kayleah Wilson, police said today.

The body, found Wednesday just one mile from where Kayleah went missing nearly two months ago, was identified through dental records, said Greeley, Colorado, Police Chief Jerry Garner at a press conference today.

"The Weld County Coroner's Office has identified the boy as that of Kayleah Wilson," said Garner. "The information that has been provided says that the death does not appear to be accidental and as a result, a homicide investigation has begun."

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.

Today Garner said that there is still little to say about the cause of Kayleah's death or who might be responsible.

"We can't guarantee you that there is not someone, if given the opportunity to do this crime again, who wouldn't do it," he said. "We still have a wide range of people of interest that we'll be following up on."

"We are looking for a successful prosecution of whoever did this to this girl," said Garner.

Kayleah's body was found at 6 a.m. Wednesday by a worker who was inspecting the water levels in an irrigation ditch. Garner said this was an area that had been searched twice by rescue workers when Kayleah first disappeared, and even by search dogs, which never picked up a scent.

"The death didn't occur, let's say, within the past day or two, it occured some time ago," said Garner.

Kayleah's family was not at the press conference and, according to Garner, does not want to speak to the media. Garner said that there is nothing to lead investigators to believe that any member of the family "is a suspect in the case."