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April 16, 2024 13 mins
In an exclusive interview with WFTV Channel 9, Madeline Soto's biological father opens up about her tragic death and disappearance, shedding light on the ongoing investigation and its impact on their family.

Expressing his profound grief, Madeline's father, whose identity remains undisclosed, voices his struggle to come to terms with the loss, stating, "I miss her so much. I’m just trying to do her justice."

The interview, scheduled to air on Channel 9, delves into Madeline's life and the events surrounding her disappearance, providing insight into the family's ordeal.

Here's a breakdown of the key developments in Madeline Soto's case:

- **Initial Disappearance:** Madeline was reported missing by her mother, Jennifer Soto, on February 26. She was last seen near Hunters Creek Middle School.
 
- **Prime Suspect Emerges:** Stephan Sterns, Jennifer's boyfriend, was identified as the prime suspect in Madeline's disappearance. However, no charges related to her death have been filed against him yet.
 
- **School Policy Changes:** Following Madeline's case, Orange County Public Schools revises its student absence notification policy to address parental concerns and enhance student safety.
 
- **Ongoing Investigations:** Despite extensive investigations and multiple charges against Sterns related to other offenses, including sexual battery, no one has been charged specifically in connection with Madeline Soto's death.

As the community grapples with the tragic loss of Madeline Soto, questions linger, and investigations continue to unfold. Eyewitness News remains committed to providing updates on this evolving story.

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