A Pennsylvania teen whose body was found in a stream near Clarion River died in an accidental drowning, officials said.
Clarion-based state police called off the search Monday for 13-year-old Shevy McGriffin, a 7th grader at Clarion Limestone Jr./Sr. High School, after her body was found in a stream about one mile away from her home in Clarion. Police determined the girl accidentally drowned.
McGriffin was reported missing Friday after she didn’t return home from a walk to a local Dollar General Store. Clerks at the store said the teen had purchased a coloring book before she disappeared. She was last seen in her neighborhood near the Comet Warehouse and Dollar General location, which is about one-fifth of a mile away from her home and generally takes about a three minute walk, police said.
The teen’s mother, Tina McGriffin, told WPIX-TV reporters that she and her daughter’s father, Andrew Schneider, suspected McGriffin had been abducted after she had been previously seen talking to an unknown man in a Buick.
The girl's body was found Sunday. An autopsy report provided by Clarion-based state police Monday revealed there was no foul play in McGriffin’s death. The autopsy was conducted by the Erie County Coroner’s Office.
“An autopsy conducted today revealed that the teenager had drowned and that no foul play is suspected in her death,” officials said in the statement.
As for the scrapes and bruises found on McGriffin’s body, officials say they were most likely caused as McGriffin’s body was swept downstream. The stream McGriffin’s body was discovered in – known as Trout Run – is located between the Dollar General Store/Comet Grocery and her home. The stream flows into the Clarion River, which is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the girl’s family cover funeral expenses.