Juvenile arrested in connection with Bedford teen's death

The announcement follows a more than two-month investigation into the death

Zack Maxwell

A 16-year-old acquaintance of a teenage girl found dead in Arlington’s landfill has been detained in connection with her death.

The Bedford Police Department released a statement Friday afternoon that they have detained a juvenile acquaintance of Kaytlynn Cargill -- the 14-year-old Bedford teen who was found dead in a landfill in North Arlington. The detainee – whose gender was not identified -- was detained early Friday and is currently in Tarrant County’s Juvenile Detention Facility in Fort Worth.

Bedford police did not elaborate on the circumstances of the arrest. They are declining interviews or requests for more information.

“Members of the Bedford Police Department have met with and informed Kaytlynn’s family of the juvenile’s detention,” according to a statement from police.

Cargill's death was ruled a homicide by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office in August. Her body had been discovered by landfill workers on June 21.

She had been reported missing two days earlier after walking her dog around her apartment complex in Bedford. She had asked her friend to watch her dog for a minute. She never returned and the dog was found tied to a post in the apartment’s dog park.

“(We) would like to ask the communities’ cooperation as this case moves into a new phase, and as we do, to respect the judicial process,” the statement read. “Our Detectives, as they have done from the beginning, continue to work diligently on this case and will do so to its conclusion.”