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(SCOTTSVILLE, Ky.) — A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of 7-year-old Gabriella “Gabby” Doolin, who was found dead after going missing last Saturday at a football game in Scottsville, Kentucky, according to police.

The man, Timothy Madden, 38, of Scotsville, was taken into custody by the Kentucky State Police about 65 miles northeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Scottsville is a town of just 4,000 people.

Trooper Barry Eaton said the man knew the Doolins. It was not clear what charges he faced.

“I know they were acquaintances, I don’t know how in-depth but they do knew each other,” he said.

The Doolins were at a pee-wee football jamboree on Saturday when Gabby went missing at 7:40 p.m., according to the Kentucky State Police. Just 25 minutes later, a search volunteer spotted her body in a wooded area on the edge of the Allen County Scottsville High School, about 400 yards from the school’s football field where she was last seen alive, police said.

A preliminary autopsy report ruled the girl’s death a homicide. The cause of death was not immediately available.

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