Family friend arrested in Bullhead City girl's killing

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — Bullhead City police said the man arrested in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl was a family friend who had been staying at the home prior to her disappearance.

Bullhead City Police arrested Justin James Rector, 26, of Bullhead City after the body of Isabella Grogan-Cannella was found in a shallow grave near her home. Rector is facing charges of first degree murder and kidnapping, police said. 

Bullhead City Police held a news conference Thursday afternoon to release more details in the case.

Bella's 10-year-old sister told police the last time she saw her sister was 11:30 p.m. Monday with Rector. Police questioned Rector Tuesday after he was arrested for shoplifting clothes. Police said they believe he stole a change of clothes. 

Police also said they were able to match Rector's shoe prints with prints found near the girl's body. There was a search warrant issued to search the home Thursday morning, but police would not discuss other possible evidence. Police said there is no motive.

"At this point, I am not ruling out any future arrests," said Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson.

In a post on Facebook, family members left this message, "May you live on forever in our hearts little one. You will always be remembered," the update was posted Thursday morning.

"It didn't go the way we wanted it to, but we will bring someone to justice for Bella's death," Williamson said.





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