Missing 14-Year-Old Texas Girl Found Dead in Landfill After Disappearing

June 23, 2017 Updated: June 23, 2017

The death of 14-year-old Kaytlynn Cargill, whose body was discovered in a Dallas, Texas-area landfill days after she vanished, is currently under investigation.

Cargill vanished while she was out walking her dog on Monday near her Oak Creek Lane home. After 30 minutes, her parents began a search before putting up fliers around town, People magazine reported.

“The dog was found tied to a fence at the nearby dog park,” the flyer reads. “A friend of the teen said that Kaytlynn asked others to watch the dog for a minute but never returned.”

On Wednesday, a medical examiner positively identified her remains, which were found in the Republic Services Arlington Landfill, the Bedford Police Department said in a statement.

“We are shocked and saddened with this tragic news,” police said. “We will pursue every lead, leave no stone unturned, and bring the person or persons responsible for Kaytlynn’s death to justice.”


The cause of her death has not been determined.

The teen’s family created a GoFundMe.

WFAA-TV reported that a friend said she saw the girl tie her dog’s leash to a fence, asking them to watch the dog but she never returned.

“I didn’t hear any yells, and it happened right behind my balcony,” said neighbor Zach McDaniel. “I heard no yells, no helps, no nothing.”

Police have asked anyone with information about her death to call Bedford Police Department at 817-952-2440 or contact the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

Police said they’re increasing patrols around her Oak Creek Apartments.