Miller, a sophomore at Hopkinton High School, was found dead April 18, hanging from a tree along a trail off West Main Street which runs back to the apartments where she lived.
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In the days that followed her death, Mikayla’s mother fueled a social media firestorm with a post accusing police of turning a blind eye to the kids who she says bullied, ambushed, and murdered her daughter.
It was a post that drew angry online support from people claiming the teen was “lynched” because she was Black, or gay, or both.
Marian Ryan said it is “patently false” that there is any kind of cover up in their investigation.
“From the beginning of this investigation, our investigators have been fully committed to determining exactly how Mikayla’s precious and promising life ended,” Ryan said a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Ryan said the investigation includes interviews with dozens of witnesses, information from various electronic devices and surveillance video.
On Saturday evening, the day before Mikayla was found dead, she was involved in a physical confrontation at the clubhouse of her apartment building with four other juveniles. Hours later, police were called by Mikayla’s mom because she was “jumped.”
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“When interviewed by the police, Mikayla reported that she had been pushed and punched in the face,” Ryan said.
Later that night, a health app on Mikayla’s phone showed that she walked 1316 steps. Ryan said that is the approximate amount of steps between her home and where her body was found.
Ryan said cell phone data, surveillance images and toll information shows the teens from the earlier fight were not near the woods where Mikayla was found.
A cause and manner of death has not yet been received from the medical examiner.
“Nothing about what I have said brings Mikayla back or consoles her family as they grieve,” Ryan said. “What we can do, and what we really owe her, is an accurate and fulsome accounting of what happened and what led to her death.”
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Hopkinton’s Select Board will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday evening to discuss a rally that’s planned in town on Thursday.