ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A medical examiner said a 13-year-old girl who was found dead after being reported missing over the weekend died after being stabbed.
Aiden Fucci, 14, is facing a second-degree murder charge after Tristyn Bailey, 13, was found dead in St. Johns County on Sunday. Fucci appeared in front of a judge in Volusia County on Tuesday.
“It has now been determined by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Predrag Bulic that the cause of death is sharp force trauma by stabbing,” the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The manner of death is homicide. We will continue to investigate this case fully and will begin transitioning this case to the State Attorney’s Office.”
Deputies said Bailey vanished around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of North Durbin Parkway.
Channel 9′s sister station Action News Jax obtained Fucci’s arrest report, which offers new insight into the case.
The report details that video footage shows Fucci and Bailey walking together around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning east on Saddlestone Drive. At 3:27 a.m., Fucci was seen walking alone holding a pair of white shoes. Fucci told police he took his shoes off because his feet hurt.
Action News Jax reported that a search warrant was executed at Fucci’s house where police found clothing in his bedroom that “yielded a presumptive positive test result for the presence of blood.” When Fucci was taken into questioning, the arrest report details that he changed his story several times, but ultimately made several admissions.
The arrest report also states that Bailey was found on the south end of a retention pond. She appeared to have significant injury to her head and other trauma. She was found wearing black pants and a black shirt.
Fucci lives 0.3 miles away from where Bailey was discovered.
Fucci appeared in Volusia County Regional Detention Center in front of Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger for a detention hearing Tuesday morning.
Fucci appeared to fight back tears as the judge formally charged him with second-degree murder, according to a report by Action News Jax.
Judge Orfinger ordered Fucci to stay in juvenile detention for 21 days until the state attorney makes their decision on if he will be charged as an adult.
Fucci and Bailey went to the same school and grew up in the same neighborhood.
Hundreds of people gathered Monday night for a vigil.
See map of scene below:
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