Missing 10-year-old found dead

UPDATE:  Court records show possession of marijuana charges have been filed against a man living in the home where Kami Ring was staying before her death.  
 
According to those records, 29-year-old Richard Madden, Jr, was charged Tuesday, with Maryland State Police listed as the agency involved in the complaint.  Madden's address is listed on the 100-block of Waibel Road in Port Deposit.  
 
Family members tell ABC2 Madden was living in the home where Kami Ring had been staying with a couple she considered to be her grandparents.  Madden, according to Maryland State Police, is being held on a retake warrant related to conditions tied to his 2012 parole.  
 
Court records show Madden pleaded guilty to theft in 2009 and was sentenced to five years in prison. 

 
Maryland State Police confirm they have a person of interest in custody in the case of a missing 10-year old girl who was found dead Monday.  Authorities say the body of Kami Ring, 10, was found just after 6 p.m. in a field near a home where she had been staying. 
 
Shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, troopers responded to the 100 block of Waibel Road in Port Deposit after a 911 caller reported her missing.  Police were told the child was last seen inside the home on the night of June 9th, when it was assumed she had gone to bed. 
 
ABC2 spoke with Rick Dean, Kami's stepfather.  He says the girl had been staying at the home on Waibel Road at the time of her disappearance with a couple he considers her grandparents.  Another man also lived in the home.  Dean says Kami was a straight-A student at Charlestown Elementary School.  He tells ABC2, "She was a model 10-year old.  The best kid you could ever have."
 
Kami has two siblings, but Dean says they were not staying at the home.  He indicated Kami's brother and sister are being cared for by social services.  
 
Ring's body was discovered about 60 yards from the Waibel Road residence in a field near a shed. She was pronounced dead on the scene.  Kami's godmother, Katrina Clark, says her death still hasn't sunk in, "It's just still raw, still new, still unbelievable."
 
MSP spokeswoman Elena Russo says it appears foul play was involved.  Russo says Ring's grandparents and the man living in their home were questioned, with a person of interest taken into custody.  State Police would not confirm the identity of that individual.  ABC2 is withholding the individual's name pending confirmation.
 
Kami's cause and manner of death are still under investigation.  Her body was transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner.  MSP homicide detectives were spotted at the home on Waibel Road Tuesday, combing the field for evidence.  Tractors supplied by the MD Department of Natural Resources were also brought in to help clear the tall grass in hopes of helping investigators find evidence.
 
Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-996-7800. 
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