Man arrested in connection with disappearance of 11-year-old Westminster girl

Westminster police on Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the case of an 11-year-old girl who went missing overnight Tuesday.

Michael Patrick Buckley was arrested for sexual assault on a child – pattern of abuse, police announced Thursday in a blog post.

The girl was reported missing Tuesday evening after telling her mother she was going to a nearby park and failing to return home. She was found safe Wednesday after a tip from a citizen led investigators to her, police said.

Buckley was being held without bond Thursday morning at the Jefferson County Jail. He has a court hearing scheduled on Wednesday Nov. 24.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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