The massive search for 12-year-old Gabrielle Bechen came to a halt on Saturday, June 17, 2006 after investigators located her ATV on a farm about a mile-and-a-half from her home.
Police say they found the four-wheel all-terrain vehicle the little girl was riding -- and her helmet -- on the 300-acre farm around 4:30 pm on Saturday. According to investigators, the four-wheeler was partially buried in an apparent attempt to conceal it.
When police began looking into people who work on the farm, they encountered 48-year-old Jeffery Robert Martin -- the farm's caretaker. Cops say when confronted, Martin directed them to the area where Gabrielle's body was located. With the help of cadaver dogs, authorities found Gabrielleeraly Sunday morning in a makeshift grave approximately one mile from where her quad had been found.
Police have Martin in custody and have charged him with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and four counts of tampering with physical evidence.