Reporting Derek Valcourt
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A 13-year-old girl is dead, her East Baltimore family devastated and looking for answers.
Derek Valcourt has emotional reaction from the girl’s family.
It was the young girl’s brother who found her buried under trash in an alley.
The grief-stricken mother is speechless and still in shock, not able to comprehend the murder of her 13-year-old daughter Monae Turnage.
“She left home last night to go roller skating and never returned,” Paulette Marshall, Turnage’s aunt, said.
She says the family became alarmed and feared the worst, even called police at 1 a.m. to report the young girl missing.
“Because she didn’t come home and she’s never did anything like this before and we knew that,” Marshall said. “So, for her not to come home was just out of the ordinary and we called the police last night and told them that we think that she’s missing.”
The family says they were told to wait 24 hours before filing a missing persons report.
But the victim’s brother and some friends went out searching for her. Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, they found her in an alley behind the 1600-block of Cliftview Avenue, her body covered with trash.
“She does have some signs of trauma but we are unsure of what she was killed from,” Det. Donny Moses of the Baltimore City Police Department said.
Detectives are going door-to-door questioning neighbors for clues and interviewing the young girl’s friends.
“She didn’t walk out there by herself,” Moses said. “Someone pulled her out there. So if you saw anything suspicious, anything unusual, please give us a call.”
Her family is heartbroken.
“We’ve never had any problems out of her. She was just a really good kid,” Marshall said.
And neighbors are left wondering who could be so cruel.
“That’s a monster. What kind of human being would do something like that to a 13-year-old child,” neighbor John Lopez said. “I can’t even describe the feeling. I have a child myself. I have two kids. And it’s a monster.”
The victim’s body is being taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy so they can determine exactly how she died.
Anyone with information is urged to call Baltimore City homicide detectives.