Sarah Haley Foxwell's remains were located on the north side of Melson Road in Delmar near Hampton Court on Christmas Day. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis declined to give further details on the cause of her death during a news conference Friday, stating the investigation is ongoing.
Foxwell, a Wicomico Middle School sixth-grader, was abducted from her Old Ocean City Road home Dec. 22. When police found her three days later, the little girl's body had been severely burned, according to sources close to investigation who could not be named because the investigation is continuing.Foxwell's body was taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner, and investigators hope to receive a report before the end of the week, according to Lewis. He also hopes to receive DNA test results of evidence sent to the crime lab.
A few hours after Foxwell was reported missing by family members, investigators from the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation charged 30-year-old Thomas James Leggs Jr. of the 30400 block of Bennett Road in the girl's disappearance, according to Lewis.
Leggs, a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware, was charged with burglary and two counts of kidnapping.
His previous criminal history includes convictions on rape and sex offense charges as early as 1998, according to police.
A juvenile witness told police she saw Leggs with Foxwell when she woke up during the night, according to charging documents obtained by The Daily Times.The victim and the witness knew Leggs, who was the former boyfriend of Foxwell's aunt, according to court documents. The aunt, Amy Fothergill, told police she and Leggs dated for a short period about a month or so ago before Leggs stopped contacting her.