HOPKINTON (UKTN) – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said there was no truth her office had reached a definitive conclusion in the death of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller of Hopkinton . Ahead of a planned vigil in town, Ryan posted more information on the hours leading up to Mikayla’s death.
Miller, a sophomore at Hopkinton High School, was found dead on April 18, hanging from a tree along a path off West Main Street that leads to the apartments where she lived.
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In the days following her death, Mikayla’s mother fueled a firestorm on social media with a post accusing police of turning a blind eye to children she said harassed, ambushed and murdered her. girl.
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It was a post that drew angry support online from people claiming the teenager had been ‘lynched’ for being black, or gay, or both.
Marian Ryan said it was “patently false” that there was some sort of cover-up in their investigation.
“Since the start of this investigation, our investigators have been fully committed to determining exactly how Mikayla’s precious and promising life ended,” Ryan said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Ryan said the investigation includes interviews with dozens of witnesses, information from various electronic devices and surveillance footage.
On Saturday evening, the day before Mikayla’s death, she was involved in a physical confrontation at her apartment building’s clubhouse with four other minors. A few hours later, Mikayla’s mother called the police because she had “jumped”.
“In an interview with the police, Mikayla said she was pushed and punched in the face,” Ryan said.
Later that night, a health app on Mikayla’s phone showed that she had taken 1316 steps. Ryan said it was the approximate number of steps from his home to where his body was found.
Ryan said cell phone data, surveillance footage and toll information show the teens from the previous fight were not near the woods where Mikayla was found.
None of the teens involved in the previous altercation have outstanding charges against them. Ryan said the teens spent around 20 minutes with Mikayla after the fight.
A cause and a mode of death have not yet been communicated by the medical examiner.
“Nothing in what I said brings Mikayla back or consoles her family as they cry,” Ryan said. “What we can do, and what we really owe him, is an accurate and complete account of what happened and what led to his death.
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A vigil for Mikayla organized by the same group that organized the Black Lives Matter rallies is now scheduled for Thursday at the start line of the Boston Marathon. Ryan will not say if race played a role in the incident. “I think what is clear is that this office has a very good reputation in reviewing every case from a racial justice and racial equity perspective,” Ryan said.
On Tuesday evening, city officials gathered for an emergency session, hosting Thursday’s vigil while condemning the accusing authorities to turn a blind eye to everything from murder to suicide provoked by intimidation.
“It turned our city into a circus,” said Hopkinton Select board chairman Brendan Tedstone.
The residents of Hopkinton said they hope to attend the vigil to help the family and their town heal while acknowledging that the remaining question marks make it difficult.
“As a human being, I just don’t know, I’m horrified and just want answers,” said resident India Nolan.
Once the investigation is completed, the prosecutor undertakes to make the majority public.
City officials say they would like to make Thursday a celebration of Mikayla’s life, but all rumors and innuendos threaten to derail that.
Timeline released by Middlesex District Attorney:
• April 17, 2021 5:17 pm-6:41 pm: Alleged physical altercation between Mikayla and two teenagers in the recreation room of a residential building on Revolutionary Lane in Hopkinton
• April 17, 2021 7:20 p.m .: Hopkinton police were dispatched to Mikayla Miller’s home after her mother called to complain that her daughter had “jumped”. At that time, Mikayla said she was punched in the face and blood on the lip, which is consistent with this report. The investigation into this physical assault remains open and there are no charges yet.
• April 17, 2021 7:43 p.m .: Hopkinton police were dispatched to the residence of one of the women involved in the altercation and obtained statements from two of the women involved
• April 17, 2021 9:30 p.m .: Mikayla Miller was reportedly last seen by her mother
• April 17, 2021 9:00 p.m.-10: 00 p.m .: Forensic information gathered from the health app on Mikayla’s cell phone is said to have tracked the movement 1316 steps, roughly the same distance from her home to where her body was found.
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• 18 April 2021 7.45 a.m .: A jogger in the 34 West Main Street area in Hopkinton observed Mikayla Miller’s body lying in the woods