Who was Grace Ross?
Grace Ross was a little Indiana girl who was reportedly found hours after she was reported missing last week as a 14-year-old Indiana boy has been arrested following Grace’s death, according to authorities. The boy has not been named since he’s a minor and is considered a suspect in the girl’s death, according to a report by WSBT.
The New Carlisle community is still in shock over the death of 6-year-old Grace Ross who was found dead in the woods on Friday night. A 14-year-old suspect is in custody. The girl’s grandmother says they want justice. We’re hoping to learn new details sometime today. pic.twitter.com/TCh5ECI4Fv
— Max Lewis (@MaxLewisTV) March 15, 2021
How old was Grace Ross?
Grace Ross was 6 years old at the time of death.
Indiana Girl: Grace Ross Found
Little Grace Ross’ body was found around 8.25 pm on Friday, March 12, less than two hours after she was reported missing by her family at 6.30 pm, in a wooded area not far from where she disappeared. New Carlisle is a town of about 1,861 some 15 miles west of South Bend.
According to the South Bend Tribune, the investigation into Grace’s death is active and an autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, March 14.
Grace Ross Obituary
“My darling 6-year-old niece Grace Ross passed away yesterday,” the fundraiser stated. “She is now an angel in heaven.” Michelle Ross, Grace’s mother, said of her daughter at the vigil, “Grace was loved by everybody and she was friends with everybody”, according to the South Bend Tribune.
“She would go up to a stranger on the street and be like, ‘Hi, I’m Grace and I’m six’.”
Grace Ross Vigil
Tara Bush, the principal of Olive Elementary School, which Grace attended said although there were many students who came and went, she knew Grace from day one. She said that her student’s smile showed even on her mask. “You could tell she was smiling all the time,” she said.
More than 200 people attended the vigil, placing candles, flowers and stuffed animals in a gazebo and on a park bench. A neighbor who has lived near the family for 40 years said everyone was shocked by Grace’s death. “Right at your back door, you just don’t anticipate anything like that ever happening in your area,” Kim Huston told WSBT. Other neighbors living in the complex near the woods where the girl was found called the incident “disturbing.”
Grace Ross GoFundMe
Grace’s aunt Nicole Ross set up a fundraiser on Facebook for funeral expenses, which has raised over $21,000 so far. The fundraiser is aiming for $30,000. She describes her niece as “Princess Grace”, for whom a candlelight vigil was held at Memorial Park in New Carlisle on Sunday, March 14, evening.