News media aired the story about Tristyn Bailey, who went missing last Sunday in St. Johns County, Florida. There was a massive search for the 13-year-old; it was announced that her body was discovered dead. Bailey was last seen around 1:15 a.m. at the Durbin Amenity Center.
“She is just the most cheerful, most spirited friendliest person,” her coach, Courtney Sparks, told WJXT-TV news station “[She] is down to basically do whatever really to like help unite the team. Whatever it takes for like the team to get to the next level, she’s the person to like help push the team forward.”
According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, a 14-year-old boy has been arrested and charged, said Sheriff Robert Hardwick. “We have a suspect arrested….” Given that the accused is 14, his identity is being protected because he is a minor and not being charged as an adult at this time.
The boy is currently being held on one count of second-degree murder by the Department of Juvenile Justice. “That’s actually a decision we made collectively … with the State Attorney’s Office,” Hardwick told reporters. “We can always increase the charge.”
It is being reported that the suspect and Tristyn attended Patriot Oaks Academy, although it is unknown what their relationship was. Hardwick informed news reporters that further investigation is underway given that there are “multiple crime scenes.”
Currently, A cause of death has not been released, pending a review by the medical examiner. “This is not an easy process,” Hardwick said. “We have a person charged with a serious crime. We have a family grieving the loss of a loved one — a child.” A GoFundMe campaign has been set up in support of her family. As of Monday night, it has raised more than $4,000 toward its $20,000 goal.