HOPKINTON, Mass. — Wednesday was the first time we heard the 911 call from the morning Mikayla Miller was found dead in a wooded area near her Hopkinton apartment complex. Investigators released a redacted version.
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“I have a caller on the line that believes that there is a deceased male hanging from a tree there,” a dispatcher noted.
That person was the 16-year-old girl.
A man who was out for a run in the area found her body early Sunday morning of April 18 and called 911.
In a statement posted online, Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett said he was releasing the investigative records “in response to the significant public inquiry.”
Including his department’s “response to, logging of, and role in investigating Mikayla’s death.”
In addition to the 911 call, police also released a dashcam video of police arriving near the wooded area where the Mikayla was found. After a few minutes, paramedics can be seen arriving on scene and heading into the woods.
A Hopkinton police log dated April 18 shows the officers who responded to that call. The incident type is listed as a ‘suicide.’
Chief Bennett said in his statement “The public should have faith that its municipal police department responded to this tragic circumstance promptly and treated it with due care and consideration.”
Notably missing from the release Wednesday, was a record of the alleged assault that happened the day before Mikayla died.
As Boston 25 News has reported District Attorney Marian Ryan says Mikayla called police April 17 to report she was assault by a group of young people inside the clubhouse of her apartment complex. Citing the Domestic Violence Law of 2014, Chief Bennett said reports connected to that incident must be “excluded from the department’s public log and reports regarding that incident are prohibited from public disclosure as a matter of law due to the existence of a dating relationship.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Mikayla’s mother Calvina Strothers was joined by civil rights attorney Ben Crump; David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition; Tito Jackson, former member of the Boston City Council; and Monica Cannon-Grant, CEO and founder of Violence in Boston Inc. to “outline the concerning details surrounding Mikayla’s death.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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