A loss that touches us all

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Chancellor George Blumenthal andCampus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway

With many in the community, we are grieving the tragic death of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, the 8-year-old girl whose disappearance Sunday prompted a tremendous outpouring of concern.

Maddy's disappearance galvanized residents of Santa Cruz County—and beyond. We were moved by the number of volunteers who rallied to help find Maddy, and we are heartsick about the outcome of the search. We offer our condolences to Maddy's family, many friends and loved ones, and to the countless numbers who were touched by her story.

Tragic events are challenging; they can cause anxiety and bring back painful memories. Many are feeling sadness and distress today; it can help to talk with friends and colleagues. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please know that assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program.