Vigil held for Baraboo girl found dead after Amber Alert

Kodie Dutcher, 10, was found dead Tuesday morning
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 5:08 AM CDT
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BARABOO, Wis. (WBAY) - A community gathered Tuesday night to remember a girl many members did not know.

People of Baraboo grieved the death of Kodie Dutcher with a vigil outside the Sauk County Courthouse.

Ten-year-old Kodie was found dead Tuesday morning after an Amber Alert and frantic search.

At about 11 a.m., a search team found Kodie’s body in a farm field not far from her home on 12th Street, according to Baraboo Police Lt. Ryan LaBroscian.

Baraboo Police say investigators will now focus on finding out what happened to Kodie. The cause of death is under investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kodie’s family in this extremely difficult time,” said LaBroscian.

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An Amber Alert was issued overnight Tuesday. “Kodie is suspected to have taken an unknown amount of pills and may be suicidal,” reads the Amber Alert. The alert has been canceled.

Baraboo Police said Kodie left a note reading, ”Mom, I Love you but I Can’t Do It. Bye.”

“The last contact that the mother had with her was at 4 p.m. via a Facebook chat or some sort of video chat,” said LaBroscian. “When mom arrived home from work that’s when she discovered her missing. And that was approximately 4:40, 4:30.”

Kodie’s mother told police that they discussed a family camping trip to Minocqua during the video chat. The mother and daughter were to go on the trip Tuesday.

Kodie left behind her cell phone and shoes.

“We have very little information on once mom last had contact with her, where she [Kodie] went from there,” says LaBroscian.

K-9s and drone teams assisted in the search for Kodie. LaBroscian says K-9 teams from across the state were called to help with the search.

The organizer of Tuesday’s vigil said Kodie’s family was too tired to attend the vigil, but they watched on Facebook Live. The family released a statement saying Kodie was a loving kid and they are in awe of the people who helped search for her.

Baraboo Police say Kodie recently moved to the area from out of state.

Baraboo is located south of Wisconsin Dells.

If you have information, please call Baraboo Police at 608-963-5622.

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