GUTHRIE, KY. – A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of a young Kentucky girl killed over the weekend in Todd County.
Kentucky State Police said Monday the teenager was taken into custody around 4:20 p.m. Sunday and charged with murder and resisting arrest in regards to the death of Amy Dye.
Investigators wouldn't say if the suspect and victim knew each other or what the motive was.
The nine-year-old lived in Guthrie, about 15 miles northeast of Clarksville, just across the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
She was found beaten to death near Dogwood Road, between Guthrie and Trenton, around 12:20 a.m. Saturday.
She had been reported missing just hours earlier.
An autopsy determined the girl died of multiple, blunt force trauma.
The juvenile suspect was taken to the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green, police said.
Dye attended South Todd County Elementary School in Guthrie. Grief counselors were on hand Monday to help students get through the day.
Krista Stratton was Dye's teacher.
“Friday afternoon, I put her on the bus and hugged her and told her to have a good weekend,” Stratton recalled.
She said Dye was a good student and was loved by her peers.
“Everybody in the classroom was tight with Amy. This was one of her favorite places to be. Her perfect attendance record reflected that. She loved school and everything about it,” Stratton said.
Counselors will be back at school on Tuesday.
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