7-year-old Patricia Miles was last seen leaving her home on her bicycle on August 15, 2004 in Gilmore, Arkansas. She stopped at the home of Jo Ann Buchanan (a friend of her family) for money to buy snacks at a local grocery store.
On August 19 police police found Patricia's dead body in a soybean field. Her hands were behind her and her legs were wrapped with duck tape. Tape also covered her mouth and nose, resulting in suffocation.
Ms.Buchanan, who spent a lot of time with the girl and occasionally babysat her, has been arrested and charged in connection with her disappearance but maintains her innocence. She is said to have a history of mental illness.
A minister who lives near Ms.Buchanan's home saw Patricia climb into Ms.Buchanan's truck. Another witness reported seeing Ms.Buchanan's truck on the road where Patricia's bicycle was found.
Patricia's mother also named Patricia Miles and Patricia's sister April Carter moved from their Morris street home shortly after Patricia's death.
UPDATE: Ms.Buchanan plead guilty to Patricia's murder and was sentenced to life in prison WITH the possibilty of parole. This means she may be released. No one knows why she did this. The motive for this crime is still a mystery.
Sherrice, Jonbenet, Dylan, Cynteria, Carlie, Tyra, Riley..7 little children, lest we forget, they were taken from our midst