Bedford Teen's Death Ruled Homicide: Medical Examiner's Office

What to Know

  • Teen found by landfill employee June 21. She had been reported missing two days prior.
  • Cause of death not immediately know; ME ordered toxicology reports. On Aug. 10 her death was ruled a homicide.
  • No suspects or persons of interest have been identified.

The death of a 14-year-old Bedford girl whose body was found in a landfill in June has been ruled a homicide.

The ruling was issued Thursday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, seven weeks after 14-year-old Kaytlynn Cargill's body was found by a waste collection employee at the Arlington landfill.

Investigators have not specified what killed the teen and Bedford police would only say that the investigation into her death is ongoing.

Cargill's body was found in the Arlington landfill by an waste collection employee June 21, two days after she had been reported missing from her apartment complex when she didn't return home after walking her dog.

According to a flyer, Cargill disappeared after she asked a friend to watch the animal for a moment. She never returned and her dog was later found tied to a post in the apartment's dog park.

A spokesperson for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday that despite the ruling, Cargill's autopsy report isn't complete and that it may not be finalized until next month.

Scant information about the case has been released by investigators. Bedford police said Thursday the investigation into the teen's death is ongoing and that they would not be discussing any specifics of the case other than to say they don't believe there is a threat to the public.

Investigators are working to learn what or who killed 14-year-old Kaytlynn Cargill. Police say there is no imminent danger to the public; meanwhile, they're defending the way they handled Kaytlynn's disappearance.

"We are aware that this ruling may raise concerns with the public for their safety. The Bedford Police Department would like to reassure the public, based on the information we have at this time, there is no threat to the public," the department said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the girl's death and no suspects or persons of interest have been publicly identified.

Police are asking anyone with information on the girl's disappearance to call police at 817-952-2440, call Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS or e-mail

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