The seemingly picture-perfect town of Braxton, Connecticut seems like the perfect place to raise a family, at least on the surface. Postcard worthy churches and colonial-era buildings line the bustling sidewalks, which are packed with tourists during the summer and fall-foliage season. Highschool football games are still a big deal in this town, as are all of the activities amongst the town’s schools.
Imagine the shock that vibrated throughout the close-knit community when ten-year old Kaylie Whitehill suddenly vanished on the afternoon of October 10th while walking home from school. Whitehill was last seen in the company of her best friend, eleven-year old Alyssa Shea. “Alyssa and Kaylie walked home from school together every day,” says Alyssa’s mother, Amanda Shea (31) “We live two blocks away.
There’s a playground that the girls would always cut across to get to Kaylie’s house, it was a huge shortcut. I watched Kaylie walk across that playground that night. I watched her until she got to the tree line, then I went back inside. Her house was literally forty feet from the trees, I thought she was practically home.”
Kaylie never returned home. The next morning, a large search party was sent out complete with Connecticut State Police and K-9 Units, however, no trace of Kaylie was found. Kaylie’s mother and father, Malcolm and Christina Whitehill (35 and 33) pleaded with the local news for anyone with any information to come forward.
Two days after Kaylie’s disappearance, her older brother, fourteen-year-old Wyatt was taken into police custody for attacking Kaylie’s fifth grade teacher, Jeremy Wilkins (40). Wilkins was taken from Braxton Middle School with extensive injuries to his head which were alleged to come from repeated blows from Wyatt’s bookbag.
Wyatt was immediately taken into custody and questioned, where he offered his shocking explanation for attacking Wilkins. “He killed Kylie,” Wyatt insisted at his arraignment, breaking down into tears. “She told me so. I saw her the night before I did it, and she told me Mr. Wilkins had hurt her, and that she couldn’t come back. “
While Wyatt was not able to lead police to a body, he did state that Kylie’s favorite bracelet was inside the glovebox or Wilkins’ car. When police obtained a search warrant, they did indeed find a silver and turquoise bracelet inside his car which was identified by the Whitehills as belonging to Kylie.
Wilkins has since pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of Kylie Whitehill. He is awaiting trial at Cloverhill Penitentiary in Liberty, Connecticut.