A 16-year-old girl has been ordered held for the death of 7-year-old Jordan Vong, who went missing on Monday.
The girl, who police have not named because she is juvenile, had a detention hearing Thursday afternoon in Denver juvenile court and was ordered detained without bond, according to the Denver Post. Another hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
The girl waived her appearance on Thursday, and did not physically appear in court.
Vong’s body was discovered Tuesday night “intentionally concealed” within the family’s Denver home, Denver Police Chief Joe Montoya said at a Wednesday news conference. The girl has not been charged with a crime. She was taken into custody “for investigation of first degree murder,” Montoya said.
“Since the child is a juvenile,” Montoya explained, “law forbids me from discussing anymore about her relationship to Jordan or specifics of the case. The coroner’s office will determine the cause and the district attorney’s office will make the final determination of charges.”
The Denver District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case, and has not yet decided how or if to charge the girl, according to the Denver Post. Prosecutors can charge her as an adult, or they can ask the juvenile court to transfer the case to adult court.
Family and friends remembered Vong Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil at the elementary school her son attended, reports KMGH TV 7, the local ABC affiliate in Denver. Vong’s mother attended, the station reported, and addressed the crowd.
"I wish you knew him, he was such a happy and bright kid who made everyone smile just by his presence,” the woman -- whose name has not yet been reported, either by the station or anyone else -- said.
She added that her family was devastated by Vong’s death as well the arrest of the 16-year-old girl, though police haven't revealed the connection between the girl and Vong. She asked that people “be respectful as everything unravels.”
[Photo: Denver Police Department]
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