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Was Ericka Brown murdered?

Ericka Brown went missing earlier this month...
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The body of a young woman was found today near the Ohio River, according to this source, and the loved ones of a missing 16-year-old say it's her. Police have not confirmed the identity of the remains, but Ericka Brown's family have confirmed it on social media. Brown went missing earlier this month after her parents discovered her missing from her bedroom. It's believed by officials that the 16-year-old may have sneaked out of her home after going to bed the night of August 9th. However, they believe she could have fallen victim to foul play not long after leaving her home. This was their stance on the case weeks ago when she went missing in the first place. It looks like they were correct.

Was Ericka Brown murdered, or was her death the result of something else? If the body found near the Ohio River is indeed the missing teen's, then it's hopeful an answer will come soon. If she was murdered it will be up to investigators to find out who did this to her, and why. Was she lured out of her home by a predator or preyed upon by an opportunistic killer while out on her own?

This case is still developing, so the details may fluctuate or change as they come to the media. Nonetheless, if you have any information that may aid in the investigation, you're encouraged to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office (West Virginia) at (304) 357-0169. Any information could prove useful in finding out what happened to this missing -- and possibly slain -- teenager.

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