Man charged with rape, murder of Allen Co. girl

Man charged with rape, murder of Allen Co. girl
Gabbi Doolin (Source: Family photo)
Gabbi Doolin (Source: Family photo)

SCOTTSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man has been charged with the death of a 7-year-old Allen County girl.

Kentucky State Police took Timothy Madden, 38, into custody on Friday for the death of Gabbi Doolin.

Gabbi was found dead on Nov. 14. She had been attending her brother's youth football game in Scottsville when she disappeared. About 25 minutes later, she was found dead about 400 feet from the Allen County Scottsville High School football stadium, where the game was being held.

An autopsy performed in Louisville confirmed Gabbi was the victim of a homicide.

Madden has been charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy and murder. According to arrest slips, KSP said DNA taken from Madden matches DNA found with Gabbi.

"I heard somebody make a remark, 'she's probably just running and playing somewhere. They'll find her in a few minutes,'" Sheila Jones, a local florist, said following Gabbi's disappearance.

This week Jones has been extra busy making pink ribbons in Gabbi's memory. Pink was her favorite color.

"We made over 200 Wednesday and Thursday," Jones said. "Had not run out of ribbon, we could've probably sold that many more."

Bowling Green television station WBKO is reporting Madden attended high school with Gabbi's father and lives on Mount Carmel Church Road in Scottsville, where police searched for the girl over the weekend.

"I really couldn't believe that how it happened here," Gwen Davis, who works at Goad Funeral Home and handled Gabbi's arrangements, said. "Because everybody really knows everybody."

Davis said the whole week, parents were afraid to send their children to school.

"I'm hoping now that an arrest has been made, and the family can have some peace and I'm hoping that the community will be able to breathe a little easier," Davis said.

Davis and Jones both said this crime won't soon be forgotten.

"I think our security, feeling safe, is gone," Jones said. "We've been lucky that something like this hasn't happened."

"I think things will be different now," Davis said.

Madden was initially taken to the Allen County Jail to be processed. He will be housed at the Barren County to await arraignment.

KSP said Friday that even though an arrest has been made, the investigation is still ongoing.

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