Arrest made in death of missing Dekalb County girl

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An arrest has been made in the death of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett.

Christopher Wayne Madison, age 33, has been arrested and charged with Capital Murder. He is being held without bond.

Madison was neighbors with Barnett, who was reported missing from her Collinsville home on Friday, March 1. Her body was found around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a wooded area behind Madison’s home. Dekalb County Sheriff Nick Weldon says she was strangled to death.

Neighbors tell WZDX that Barnett was living with her aunt. They also said that Madison lived with his girlfriend and the two were always very loud.

Sheriff Weldon said, “Due to the ongoing investigation, and in order not to jeopardize that investigation, I am not at liberty to disclose any additional information concerning this case. The road to justice for this sweet, innocent little girl is too important to release anything to jeopardize this investigation.”

Weldon went on to thank his department’s staff and all other departments that assisted on this case, calling it a true joint effort, a team effort between multiple agencies who all worked tirelessly to get to this point.

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