A two-day hunt for 13-year-old Shevy McGiffin finally ended when her body was found near a stream in Pennsylvania, Sunday. The teenager vanished on Friday evening after walking from her home in Clarion to the local Dollar Store.
According to local authorities, the walk should have only taken three minutes, but she never returned that night. Employees of the Dollar Store had also seen the young girl buying a coloring book from their establishment.
“That’s the last time she was seen,” Shevy’s father Andrew Schneider said.
A search party conducted a full sweep of the forested area along Clarion river, combing its surroundings. By the afternoon of Sunday, she was found in a woodsy area close to the river by a member of the volunteer unit of the Clarion Fire Department. The area was almost a mile away from Shevy McGiffin’s home. Local media took to Twitter to inform the community that she had been found.
No foul play in Shevy McGiffin death
It was concluded that she had died of accidental drowning, and no foul play was suspected after an autopsy was conducted.
The girl’s mother, Tina Schneider had initially suspected her daughter was abducted during her walk home. An interview with a local new station even claims that the father had seen a man in a Buick speaking to her daughter.
“He seen her talking to an older gentleman in a gray or brown Buick,” Schneider shared, obviously devastated by the grim discovery of the volunteers.
“My world right now is not complete without my baby girl,” wrote the distraught mother in a heartfelt message on Facebook, Sunday.
In support of the Shevy McGiffin and her family, a GoFundMe page was created to help them with funeral expenses and other financial needs. The page can be accessed here.
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