By Nicole Hensley: 13-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose disappearance sparked a two-day search was found dead in a stream near her Clarion home Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
A search party found the body of missing teenager Shevy McGiffin just before 4 p.m. while combing a forest along the Clarion River, officials with Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement.
The girl vanished around 6:45 p.m. Friday during what should have been a three-minute walk between her home along Fraternity Dr. in Clarion and the Dollar General along 5th Ave.
Her father, Andrew Schneider, broke down in tears while holding a flyer with a picture of his missing daughter early Sunday.
He said cashiers at the Dollar General store saw Shevy buy a coloring book Friday night.
“That’s the last time she was seen,” Schneider said.
A member of the Clarion Volunteer Fire Department who joined the search party found Shevy in a small creek known as Trout Run that flows into the Clarion River about a mile from the girl’s home, police said.
Shevy’s mother fears her daughter was abducted and said she was seen talking to a man in a Buick, she told WPXI-TV.
“My world right now is not complete without my babyygirl (sic),” Shevy’s mother Tina McGiffin wrote in a heartfelt message on Facebook earlier on Sunday.
State police did not elaborate how Shevy died and said her death is still under investigation.
Her autopsy is scheduled for Monday.