The Murder of Tristyn Bailey

The Murder of Tristyn Bailey

Bianca Schnerre, Writer

Tristyn Bailey, 13-year-old Florida resident, was last seen alive at the Durbin Amenity Center on Sunday, May 9 in the early hours of the morning at 1:15 am. At 1:45 am video evidence from a home shows Bailey and the suspect, Aiden Fucci, walking east on Saddlestone Drive. By 10 am Bailey was reported missing to authorities and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement joined the search to find Bailey. At 4:49 pm there was a Florida Missing Child Alert Issued for her. By 6 pm the search for Bailey was called off by the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office announced that a body was found and preliminarily identified as the missing Tristyn Bailey at 8 pm.

On Monday, May 10 at 11:30 pm the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office confirms the identity of the body found the previous day as Tristyn Bailey, and they announce the arrest of 14-year-old, Aiden Fucci, on charges of second-degree murder. According to a redacted version of an arrest report released by the sheriff’s office, interrogation and surveillance video were what led to Aiden Fucci’s arrest. There could be more charges added or upgraded in consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, and a first-degree murder charge would require a grand jury indictment. The State’s Attorney’s Office is still reviewing evidence in the case because the sheriff’s investigation is ongoing, and they have not made a decision on whether to try the 14-year-old suspect as an adult.

On Tuesday, May 11 at 1:30 pm the Sheriff’s Office reports that Chief Medical Examiner Predrag Bulic determined that the cause of Tristyn Bailey’s death was sharp force trauma by stabbing.